Saturday, January 15, 2011

ISKCON Bangalore Ratha Yatra 2011

The annual chariot festival of ISKCON Sri Sri Krishna Balarama was celebrated at Rajajinagar with great pomp and splendor. The utsava deities of Their Lordships Sri Sri Krishna Balarama were carried on beautifully flower decked palanquins from the temple and were placed on to the chariot with traditional procedure. After the ceremonial inauguration of the rathotsava, Their Lordships rode chariot majestically on the streets of Rajajinagar and surrounding areas to bless the devotees. The local residents pulled the chariot, offered their prayers and joined in the Kirtanas with enthusiasm and devotion. The general public and the devotees were in ecstatic mood welcoming the Lord by singing and chanting.
Sri Ashwath Narayan, Malleshwaram MLA, Sri Narendra Babu, Mahalakshmi Layout MLA and Sri S Harish, Nagapura ward Councillor were present as the guests of honor. ISKCON Bangalore President His Grace Sri Madhu Pandit Dasa and Sri Krishna Kalakshetra Director Sri Tiru Dasa were present on the occasion.
 “We pray to The Lord for the well being of the world in general and the Bangaloreans in particular. The rathotsava was started in the year 1988 and it’s Their Lordship’s leela (Pastimes) that happens each year successfully and by Their grace the entire ISKCON Bangalore initiatives has been a great accomplishment. We wish to extend this rathotsava to other parts of Bangalore city too”, said Sri Madhu Pandit Dasa, ISKCON Bangalore President.
Sumptuous & tasteful prasadam over 85,000 cups of sweet pongal and over one lakh packeted dry burfi prasadam were distributed by hundreds of youth volunteers to the general public. Bangaloreans responded jubilantly all along the route to the kirtanas and were seen relishing to the taste of hot prasadam.

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