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Ratha Yatra is the most extraordinary chariot 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 huge wooden cart, 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.

This year will be ISKCON Connecticut’s seventh annual Ratha Yatra Festival, and it is expected to be our temple’s biggest and most popular event to date. We will begin with a parade featuring a newly crafted, hand-pulled chariot with Their Lordships Sri Jagannatha, Baladeva and Subhadra Devi aboard. We will pull their chariot together in a grand procession of singing and dancing, accompanied by drums and cymbals.

On stage there will be entertainment such as singing, dancing, a brief theatrical performance, and a magic show. On the grounds there will be a variety of tents for activities and exhibits such as a yoga tent, children’s activities, face painting, henna tattoos, book stores, clothing and jewelry store, a Q&A booth where you will be able to seek answers to spiritual questions, and of course the famous Hare Krishna vegetarian feast, which we call prasadam, which means mercy from God.

All activities and souvenir gifts available for purchase are designed to educate visitors about spiritual culture.



The International Society for Krishna Consciousness is a non-profit organization. It was established in 1966 by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada (Srila Prabhupada). Popularly known as the Hare Krishna movement, ISKCON has about 350 registered centers, 990 Namhatta centers (smaller satellite units), 60 farm communities (100% organic farming without the use of any chemicals; those farms that have animals never sell animals for slaughter, they are allowed to live out their natural lives while receiving proper care and attention), 50 schools and 60 vegetarian restaurants worldwide.

The mission of this nonsectarian, monotheistic movement is to systematically propagate spiritual knowledge to society at large and to educate all people in the techniques of spiritual life in order to check the imbalance of values in life and to achieve real unity and peace in the world. In doing so, ISKCON promotes the well-being and general good in the society by teaching the science of Krishna consciousness according to principles of Bhagavad-Gita.

We look forward to seeing you at Bushnell Park, Hartford on June 25th!

Hare Krishna!