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Lord Jagannath's splendor hits the streets of New York City! ISKCON's Rath Yatra takes the Big Apple by spiritual storm

ByPaurush Omar
Jun 11, 2023 07:43 PM IST

New York City witnessed a unique spectacle as the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) organized the grand Jagannath Rath Yatra

New York City witnessed a vibrant celebration of spirituality and devotion as the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) organized the grand Jagannath Rathyatra, also known as the Hare Krishna Festival of India. The festival, held from June 9th to June 11th, took place in various iconic locations, spreading its message of peace, joy, and unity. (Click here for Jagannath Rath Yatra 2023 Live updates)

International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) organized the grand Jagannath Rathyatra in New York City.(Twitter)
International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) organized the grand Jagannath Rathyatra in New York City.(Twitter)

Kicking off the festivities on June 9th, participants gathered at Tompkins Square Park, where a soul-stirring meditative kirtan (chanting) session took place. People immersed themselves in the melodious rhythms, connecting with their inner selves and embracing the power of collective devotion. The experience was further enhanced by a delightful lunch provided by The Bhakti Center, fostering a sense of community and sharing.

The celebration moved to the heart of the city – Times Square. Father Duffy Square became the epicenter of spiritual energy as devotees and onlookers joined together for an ecstatic kirtan. The vibrant chanting and dancing infused the bustling atmosphere of Times Square with an aura of joy and serenity, captivating the attention of all who passed by.

The pinnacle of the festival was the Jagannath Rathyatra Parade and Festival on June 10th. The vibrant procession, adorned with colorful decorations and accompanied by traditional music and dance, made its way through the streets of New York City. Participants enthusiastically pulled the magnificent chariot carrying the deities of Lord Jagannath, Lord Balarama, and Lady Subhadra, symbolizing the journey of divine love. The procession exuded an infectious energy, drawing onlookers to join the celebration and experience the enchanting spiritual ambiance.

The Jagannath Rathyatra organized by ISKCON in New York City successfully brought together people from various backgrounds, fostering unity and spreading the message of love and devotion. Through their enthusiastic participation, both devotees and spectators alike found themselves touched by the profound spiritual atmosphere that permeated the festival. The event served as a reminder of the power of faith, music, and community to uplift hearts and transform lives.

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