The Festival of Chariots (Rathayatra) is the celebration of inviting into our hearts the Lord of the Universe (Sri Krishna – the All-Attractive One / Sri Jagannatha – the Master of the Universe) of Whom we are all a part. By offering a little service to the Lord, we can awaken our dormant love for Him within us. By watering the root of the tree all the branches are nourished. Similarly when service is given to the Lord of the Universe, all living beings become satisfied. This is known as Bhakti-Yoga, connection to the Lord through devotional service. By singing, dancing, cooking, feasting, decorating and having meaningful discussions about the glories and beauty of the Lord and His presence in our lives, we find a common platform for achieving peace, friendship and lasting happiness.
Please come and experience for yourself this great festival of loving service, by pulling the ropes of the chariot of Lord Jagannatha, chanting the Hare Krishna maha-mantra, honoring the delicious, free, transcendentally sanctified feast, and dancing together in spiritual bliss.
The Chariot pulling procession will begin at 10:30am at the intersection of St. George Street and Cathedral Place. Following the Chariot procession from 1-2pm there will be a singing and dancing procession through the old city on St. George Street, culminating at 2pm at the Plaza de la Constitution where there will be held a cultural program of dancing, music, philosophy, and free vegetarian feast.