ISCKON annual Rathyatra event is today in Manchester. Rahul Laud from IndiaGBnews reports.
To commemorate its 50 anniversary the Manchester Chapter of The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) has organised its annual festival – Manchester RathaYatra (Chariot Parade & Festival) – on Saturday, 17 September. This annual event will be held today between 12 noon till 5.00pm at the Albert Square.
Shyamand Das Head ot the Manchester ISCKON informed IndiaGBnews that this year a huge Chariot is coming from London to Manchester to make the parade more grandiose.
This year the annual event will host various stalls which include sessions on yoga and meditation. To attract people from all walks of life and different communities there will be singing, dancing, and vegetarian food served.
Das explained: ‘’Ratha Yatra literally means Chariot Festival. Ratha Yatra originated 5,000 years ago in India, on the East Coast state of Orrisa, in a city called Jagannatha Puri.
Usually the deities of Lord Jagannath, Balarama and Subhadra are worshipped within the temple, but on the day of the Rath Yatra festival they are taken through the street so that everyone can have the fortune of seeing them.’’
Das further elaborated, ‘’Dieties Subhadra, Jagannatha and Balarama combined together are present here to reclaim you all from your miserable condition of life.’’
Das concluded,‘’Our mission is to promote the well-being of society by teaching the science of Krishna consciousness according to Bhagavad-gita and other ancient scriptures.’’