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  • Come, Celebrate the Festival of Chariots 2019

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  • Join us for our most awaited annual event - The Chariot Festival of India

    We are thrilled to invite you with your friends and family for our 11th Annual cultural festival - The Chariot Festival of India (Ratha Yatra)! This is one of our biggest outdoor festivals of the year enjoyed by more than a couple of thousand visitors.

    Festival details:

    You can look forward to a day full of fun and lot of interesting activities. Event will start with the Chariot Parade (Ratha Yatra) at noon. Parade starts from inside the Bushnell Park coming out on Asylum street opposite Red Roof Inn hotel. Everyone is welcome to participate by pulling the Chariot by hand while enjoying the great music and dancing. Once the parade is back at Bushnell Park, You can expect a wide range of activities for every age group. These include:

    - Relish Indian cultural dances
    - Learn and perform Yoga & Meditation
    - Enjoy Free Vegetarian Feast
    - Get Henna tattoos
    - Explore & buy Spiritual Books & Gifts
    - Fun filled Children's Activities
    - Magic Show & Dramas
    - Various informational exhibits
    + Mores

    For questions and to participate as a vendor, call (321)-424-9875 or email festivalofindia2019@gmail.com.

    We look forward to seeing you there

Event Highlights

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    Meditation Workshop with Meditation Kit

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    2. After

    Pull the 36 feet Chariot at the Parade

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    2. After

    Vegetarian food available for all attendees

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    2. After

    Ask Questions & Receive Wisdom from our Sages

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    2. After

    Henna & Face Art

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    2. After

    Chanting & Dancing in tune with Spiritual Vibes

  • About the Origin of the Chariot Festival

    The Chariot Festival (traditionally known as Ratha Yatra) is the most extraordinary festival that originated in Jagannatha Puri on the east coast of India and dates back over 2,000 years. In this chariot procession, during which Lord Krishna in His most merciful form of Sri Jagannatha is pulled along on a 36 foot tall Chariot, it is traditional to dance in ecstasy and chant the Hare Krishna Maha-Mantra:


    Hare Krishna Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
    Hare Rama Hare Rama, Rama Rama Hare Hare


    At the end of the procession, it is customary to share a vegetarian feast and enjoy spiritual entertainment.

    About ISKCON

    This Jagannath form of Krishna depicts the intense happiness experienced by God to see His dear children. Generally, we visit our place of worship to see God or be in communion with God, but this is one day when God comes out of the temple to see us.

    Food, Music and Meditation are a big part of the Hare Krishna culture and that’s what you will see at this event as well.

    Hope to see you there! For questions, email iskcon.connecticut@gmail.com.