JULY 7TH & 8TH, 2023
Lord Jagannath is coming soon! We are pleased to host our 13th annual Ratha Yatra festival in the Harrisburg city. This year, there are new and exciting features to this festival and even more things to stay on top of. Read below for more details on the festival weekend and how you can be a part of it!
fRIDAY, JULY 7TH | 2pm - 8pm
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Get geared up for Rath Yatra at this festival before the festival! This kirtan festival will be taking place at the ISKCON of Harrisburg temple on the Friday preceding the Ratha Yatra. We will have many kirtaniyas and some special visitors including
His Holiness Candramauli Swami! We welcome the visiting kirtaniyas who have taken the time out to participate and travel from
SRI VRINDAVAN DHAM | ALACHUA, FLORIDA | WASHINGTON D.C. | NEW JERSEY
The festival of Adhivas is commonly found in Gaudiya Vaishnava culture. It is an inauguration or invocatory event that calls the Lord and His devotees to grace the upcoming celebration with their presence. And what better way to invite the Lord and His devotees than with harinama sankirtan, congregational chanting of the Holy Name:
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare
In addition to the Maha Mantra, we sing a special song written by Vrindavan Dasa Thakura, one our acharyas or spiritual figures in the Krishna consciousness history. Do you know the adhivas bhajan?
Festival of India
The Ratha Yatra Festival will take place the following day on Saturday, July 8th beginning at 11 a.m. If you attended this festival last year in Harrisburg, it will take place in the same place. If not, not to worry. Click here for the location of the celebration!
This Ratha Yatra festival takes place in numerous countries all over the world. Originating from the ancient religious culture in Orissa, India, it was brought to the streets of the West as well by His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada. Learn more about this international festival!
Ratha-yatra, or the Festival of Chariots, is a joyous event celebrated for thousands of years in the Indian holy city of Jagannatha Puri, and more recently by Hare Krishna devotees in cities around the world. Another name for Krishna, Jagannatha refers to the ecstatic form of the Lord with large eyes and rugged features who is carried on a gigantic chariot during this festival (and worshiped in an ancient temple at the center of Jagannath Puri.) The festival of Ratha-yatra represents Lord Jagannatha’s longing to reunite with His dear devotees in Vrindavana, foremost among them, Srimati Radharani. According to tradition, the Lord gets lovesick once a year just prior to the festival. To cheer him up, His servants arrange for Him to go on a lavish procession to meet up with His devotees. Lord Jagannatha rides on a grand, three-story-high chariot, accompanied by thousands of onlookers and marching bands with scores of drummers, singers, and dancers. India’s colonial British rulers coined the term “juggernaut” from the large, heavy chariot used to celebrate this festival in the city of Jagannatha Puri.
What will you find at the festival?
FREE VEGETARIAN FEAST