Mumbai, Jan 3 (LocalWire) Devotees of Lord Krishna will celebrate the chariot festival – Lord Jagannath Rath Yatra 2019 – on Saturday at Shivaji Park, organized by the ISKCON Temple Chowpatty, said an official on Thursday.
The 10th in the series, the Mumbai ‘rath yatra’ is considered the biggest outside Puri (Odisha) in size, pomp and scale with devotees from USA, UK, Europe, Australia, South America, Russia and other countries joining in.
“The two-day festival will start on Jan 5 with a Maha Arti and the four-hour long Rath Yatra will travel from Shivaji Park to Sena Bhavan, Plaza Cinema, Portuguese Church, Prabhadevi and back to the starting point by 6 pm.,” said ISKCON spiritual head Radhanath Swami.
Besides Mumbai, the rath yatra will also be organized by ISKCON and celebrated in Islamic countries like Pakistan and Bangladesh and 400 other temples scattered around the world.
In Pakistan, the rath yatra will be be taken out in the Swaminarayan Temple complex in Karachi and the oldest chariot festival to be celebrated in Bangladesh will be at the four-centuries old Yasho Madhab Temple in Dhamrai, on the outskirts of the capital Dhaka.
Other major highlights in Mumbai will be the special dressing darshan of Lord Jagannath, a special 108-Bhoga offering in organic designer pots, a mangal yagna by devotees, dinner-prasadam for all, distribution of Vedic literature besides other spiritual and cultural activities for all during the festival, he added.
“This festival is a prime example of Indian culture of unity in diversity, rarely seen elsewhere in the world. The Path of Righteousness shown by Lord Krishna applies to entire humanity and such festivals help promote it further,” Radhanath Swami explained.
Incidentally, the next world famous Rath Yatra at Puri, Odisha, will be held on July 4.