Iskcon's Belgaum unit president Bhakti Rasamrita Swami said a new chariot will be used for this year's rath yatra. The procession will begin in the evening on February 16 from Bogarves. The procession route will be decorated with rangolis drawn by devotees. The entire stretch will be dotted with flags of different colours.
The devotees are expected from Maharashtra, Karnataka, Goa, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and also from foreign countries. Various cultural programmes by children have been organized on the occasion. Stalls featuring Bhagvad Gita exhibition, slide shows, meditation park, spiritual books and devotional paraphernalia will be there. Bhanu Swami, Sukhadev Swami, Prabodhanand Saraswati Swami and Bhima Prabhu and other religious heads from various parts of the country will grace the occasion.
There will be free food at the Iskon temple at Shukrawar Peth in Tilakwadi and over 50,000 prasadam pockets will be distributed during the procession. In order to ensure safety, CCTVs will be installed on the procession route and monitored from a control room.