Ratha Yatra Melbourne Parade 2012


Ratha Yatra Festival on Sunday the 12th of February 2012 at Catani Gardens. A part of the St Kilda Festival.
Sri Sri Jagannatha, Balarama and Subhadra Devi from ISKCON Melbourne Mahaprabhu Mandir, riding on their chariot, are pulled by the joyful crowd to their Temple for the day at the Vedic Village in the Catani Gardens,St Kilda.
The Ratha Yatra, or the Festival of the Chariots is perhaps the oldest continuously celebrated spiritual festival in the world. As far back as human records and memory extend, the splendidly decorated chariots of Jagannatha (‘Master of the Universe’ in Sanskrit) have rolled each summer in the town of Puri on the Bay of Bengal in India, to the delight of millions of joyous pilgrims. Their towering red-and-blue silken canopies rise into the sky as drums and cymbals resound in joyous celebrations. People young and old, their eyes bright with excitement sing and dance in the street, as if swimming in an ocean of overwhelming happiness.
Over forty years ago, Hare Krishna devotees brought this tradition to the streets of over 100 big and small cities around the world, including Tokyo, Dublin, Belfast, Birmingham, London, Budapest, New York, Montreal, Paris, Moscow, Singapore, Toronto, Antwerp, Kuala Lumpur, Durban, Sydney, Mumbai, New Delhi, San Francisco and Los Angeles.
The “ropes of love” pull the chariot that carries the Master of the Universe!
ISKCON:
International Society for Krishna Consciousness,
Hare Krishna Movement.
Melbourne Hare Krishna Temple: http://iskcon.net.au
Filmed By: Harshil Gupta, Hare Krishna Video Production Crew