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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.

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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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Four Day Festival Schedule
ISKCON Los Angeles Temple
4:30 am Mangala Aroti and Japa Period
7:00 am Greeting of the Deities
7:30 am Srimad Bhagavatam Class
“The Amazing Story of How Lord Jagannatha Appeared in this World” by His Holiness Amala Bhakta Swami
8:30 am Breakfast

10:00-12:30 pm Seminar
Seminar with Garuda das and Dravida das “Editing Srila Prabhupada’s Books”
1:30 pm Lunch

3:00-4:30 pm Seminar
“Accounts of Spacecraft (Vimanas) in the Shrimad Bhagavatam” with Drutakarma Prabhu
4:45-10:00 pm Maha Kirtan Mela

Kirtan Mela features:
Syam Priya Dasi 4:45 PM
Pavan Pr 5:15 PM
Vishnupriya Devi Dasi 5:45 PM
Temple Bhajan Band 6:15 PM
Radhe Khatwani 6:45 PM
Vasu Pr 7:15 PM
Saci-Suta Das 7:45 PM
Nadiya Mani Dasi 8:30 PM
Amala Harinam Das 9:15 PM

ISKCON Los Angeles Temple
4:30 am Mangala Aroti and Japa Period
7:00 am Greeting of the Deities
7:30 am Srimad Bhagavatam Class
His Holiness Nava Yogendra Swami
8:30 am Breakfast

10:00-12:30 pm Seminar
Seminar with Garuda das and Dravida das “Touching the Hearts of Devotees”
1:30 pm Lunch

3:00-4:30 pm Seminar with Vaisesika das
4:45-10:00 pm Maha Kirtan Mela

Kirtan Mela features:
Coral Mataji 4:45 PM
Sridham Navadvip Das 5:15 PM
Om Rishikesh Das 5:45 PM
Abhijit Pr 6:15 PM
H.G. Vaisesika Pr 6:45 PM
Kripesvara Gaura Das and Madhumati Dasi 7:15 PM
Krishna Kishora Das 7:45 PM
H.G. Agnidev Pr 8:30 PM
Gaura Vani Pr 9:15 PM

Ratha-yatra Day

ISKCON Los Angeles Temple
4:30 am Mangala Aroti and Japa Period
7:00 am Guru Puja
7:30 am Jagannatha Leaves New Dwaraka
7:50 am Breakfast

10:00 am Parade begins at Santa Monica Civic Auditorium

Divine Appearance Day of Sri Baladeva
Half Day Fast

ISKCON Los Angeles Temple
4:30 am Mangala Aroti and Japa Period
7.15 AM: Deity Greeting (flower outfit offering to Lord Balarama)
7.30 AM to 8.00 AM: Guru puja and Jhulana-yatra
8:00 AM to 9:00 AM: Srimad Bhagavatam Class
“Balarama, The Source of all Strength” by Vaisesika Prabhu
9:00 AM Abhiseka

1:00 om Balarama’s Appearance Day feast

“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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