The Festival of the Chariots, also known as Ratha-yatra, or “cart-festival”, originates from an ancient tradition in India. It commemorates a joyous celebration of life and glorification of God. The ancient annual Ratha-yatra parade in Jagannatha Puri, India, attracts one million people every year. The tradition was brought to the West in 1967 by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. Today it is celebrated in most major cities of the world, including London, Moscow, Toronto, Johannesburg, Delhi ,New York , Chennai and Bangalore.
Nothing charms devotees and the public alike more than the Ratha-yatra parade of Lord Jagannatha, Baladeva and Subhadra. The Ratha-yatra parade occurs two weeks later when Jagannatha comes out from His traditional period of seclusion after His grand bathing ceremony. He mounts His chariot for the Ratha-yatra parade and any person who pulls on the attached ropes becomes liberated from the cycle of samsara. Prasadam, kirtan, transcendental books, enlightening exhibits and colorful entertainment is lavished upon tens of thousands of surprised participants.
This year , ISKCON Seshadripuram will be celebrating its 18th Annual Ratha Yatra in the city of Bangalore. Being the oldest Jagannath Rathayatra in Karnataka , this festival is the biggest street festival. . All the way through the Rathayatra festival there is singing, chanting and dancing to rhythmical drums and cymbals . Come and enjoy with us this traditional and momentous event in the company of your family and loved ones.
1:30 PM – Pahandi Vijay (Lord Comes to Rath on a Palki dancing and swaying to music)
3:00 pm — Ratha starts
8:00 pm — Ratha ends
8:00 – 8:30 pm — Bharatnatyam by Kamalakshi Rupini and Music by Bruno Tonelli from Brazil
8:30 pm onwards —Arotik followed by Dinner Prasad
- Nitya Seva (Rs.500)
- Ratha Seva (Rs.1000)
- Jagannath Seva (Rs.1500)
- Aarati Seva (Rs.2500)
- Raja Bhog Seva (Rs.9000)
- Pushpa Alankara (Rs.25000)
- Deity Dress (Rs.51000)
- Annadana Seva (Rs.108000)