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Parade Map and Directions

An Ancient Celebration!

The Festival of the Chariots is sometimes referred to as Ratha Yatra, literally meaning Chariot Festival. Ratha Yatra originated 5,000 years ago in India, on the East Coast state of Orrisa, in a city called Jagannatha Puri.

For the festivities; there are three chariots, one for each of the three deities; Lord Jagannatha, Lord Balarama and Lady Subhadra. The canopied chariots are decorated with flowers and balloons and are pulled with long, thick ropes by hundreds of people who ecstatically dance while chanting sacred mantras.

The Festival of Chariots is a Venice Beach tradition. This year we celebrate our 40th anniversary!

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An Ancient Tradition becomes a Westside tradition.

The inspiration to inaugurate the Festival of the Chariots was sparked in simple circumstances. Malati devi brought to Srila Prabhupada, the founder of the Hare Krishna movement, a small wooden figure from a San Francisco import store.The figure had a wide smile and round, affectionate looking eyes painted on it. The figure had a “made in India” sticker, and because her spiritual teacher was from India, she wanted to ask him what it was. Prabhupada recognized the carving as the traditional Deity of Lord Krishna.The Deity is carried in a huge annual chariot parade which attracts over one million pilgrims to a town on the east coast of India, Jagannatha Puri.

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CELEBRATE OUR SILVER AND GOLD JUBILEE!

40 years of the Los Angeles Ratha Yatra

50 years of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness

4:30-8:30 am Morning Program
9:00-10:00 am Breakfast
10:00 am-5:00 pm Kirtan-Mela
1:30-2:30 pm lunch
5:30-6:00 pm Dinner
6:00-6:30 pm Movie presentation by Nrsingananda das
6:30-10:00 pm Kirtan-Mela

4:30-8:30 am Morning Program
9-10:00 am Breakfast- prasada hall
10-5:00 pm Kirtana-Mela- lawn
10-11:30 am SEMINAR by Devamrta Swami “Bhakti Bhava, The Emotions of a Devotee”.
11:30-130 pm SEMINAR Badrinarayan Swami, World of Hare Krsna
1:30-2:30 pm Lunch
3:00-5:00 pm SEMINAR by Divya-drsti Mataji, Attitude of Gratitude
5:30-6:00 pm Dinner
6:00-6:45 pm Memories of Srila Prabhupada Movie presentation by Siddhanta das
6:45-10:00 pm Kirtana-Mela
4:30-8:30 am Morning Program
9:00-10:00 am Breakfast-prasada hall
10:00-11:30 am SEMINAR Vaisesika prabhu, Maha-Sankirtana
11:30-1:00 am SEMINAR The Secrets of Lord Jagannatha, Amala Bhakta Swami
10:00-1:00 pm- Visiting the Holy Tirthas of Srila Prabhupada, Bus and walking tour led by Hrdayananda Maharaja
(adults only, meet at front of the temple)
1:00-2:00 pm lunch
2:00-5:00 pm Maha Hari-Nama! Buses leave from Venice and Watseka for Santa Monica
2:00-4:00 pm SEMINAR by Ranjit Prabhu- 50 Years of ISKCON
4:00-5:00 pm National Geographic VIDEO, Legend of Lord Jagannatha
5:30-6:00 pm Dinner
6:00-10:00 pm Kirtana-Mela
7:15 am: Lord Jagannatha will appear in new dress in the temple
7:45 am: Lord Jagannatha departs for the parade start
7:50 am: Devotees’ breakfast
10:00 am: Procession begins at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium

Visit the Event Schedule page for a detailed entertainment schedule for the festival site stages.

Inspiring Seminars by ISKCON Leaders


H.H. Devamrita Swami


H.G. Ranjit Prabhu


H.H. Amala Bhakta Swami


H.H. Badrinarayana Swami


H.G. Vaisheshika Prabhu

“Simply by seeing the Lord on the chariot one makes advancement for stopping the repetition of birth and death.”

ISKCON Founder Acharya: A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada

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