Annual Jagannatha Ratha Yatra Set for Saturday at Boston Common

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A Rathyatra in Balasore, India

BOSTON– Boston chapter of International Society of Krishna Consciousness, known as ISKCON, is organizing its annual Jagannatha Ratha Yatra festival on Saturday, July 8th 2017 at Boston Common in Boston. The event will take place from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm.

Every year in the summer, one of the world’s largest and oldest festivals happens in India – the Ratha Yatra. A Sanskrit phrase, “Ratha Yatra” literally translates into English as “chariot procession.” As such,three richly decorated chariots, resembling temple structures, are pulled through the streets of the small coastal town of Puri in Eastern India.

Boston chapter of ISKCON has been celebrating this festival for three decades now. Since last year, ISKCON has reinstated (after a gap of 17 years) the huge chariot procession on the streets of Boston.

A Rathyatra in Balasore, India

On Saturday, July 8,  a large chariot carrying the deities will make its way down Boylston Street, starting from 1 Cambria Street ( intersection of Boylston St and Mass Ave ) in Boston and culminating at the Boston Common Park, where a cultural festival near Park Street T station will follow.

The mood created will be no different to that in Puri India. The procession will be accompanied with an assortment of thunderous instruments, chanting, and dancing by Krishna devotees from all over New England, organizers said in a statement. (IANS)

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