Tuesday, June 24, 2014

ISKCON patna to organize grand Jagannath rath yatra

Times Of India: PATNA: The Patna unit of International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) will organize Jagannath rathyatra mahamahotsav here on June 29.

After the 'maha aarti', the 'yatra' will begin at 2.30pm from ISKCON temple on Buddh Marg and pass through Indira Gandhi Planetarium, Dak Bungalow Road, Frazer Road, Gandhi Maidan and S P Verma road to reach Mahavir temple near Patna Junction. The 'yatra' will return to ISKCON temple at 7pm.

We expect more than 8,000 people for 'mahaprasad', said Patna ISKCON chairman Krishna Kripadas at press conference on Sunday.

The special attraction of the yatra will be the 40-feet-tall golden colour 'rath' based on hydraulic system. "The 'rath' has an adjustable height and can be lowered by 16 feet as per requirement. It will have the idols of Lord Jagannath, Lord Baldev and Subhadra," Kripadas said.

This year ISKCON will distribute over one lakh 'prasad' boxes during the yatra. Nanduji Maharaj from Barsane will organize Shrikrishna Leela from June 28 to 30 from 6pm to 9pm on the temple premises. ISKCON regional secretary Acharya Mahavishnu Swamiji too will reach here from London to attend the function, he said.

He further said the traffic police have assured us of no traffic movement on the road where the 'rath' will pass. "We have also talked to electricity department to ensure power cut on the route of the 'yatra' to avoid any mishap due to low hanging wire with current. Apart from police, private security guards will also ensure the security of the 'yatra'," Kripadas said.

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