What is Rathayatra? Where is Rathayatra?
Good questions. Ratha is sanskrit for cart or chariot. Yatra means festival.
The Rathayatra festival is a huge event where massive hand-crafted chariots are pulled by devotees of Krishna through the streets of large cities. The celebrated Deities of Jagannatha, Baladeva and Subhadra are carried in procession from the temple, placed on the chariots and brought out for all to see.
This year, the famous Rathayatra Festival, celebrated in India for thousands of years in the seaside town of Puri in Orissa, will take place at the St Kilda Festival in Melbourne this coming Sunday 13 February, commencing at 11.00am.
I will be there, and conducting two free cookery demonstrations, 3.00-4.30pm, and 6.00-7.30pm, and signing copies of my cookbooks.
See you there, Catani Gardens, by the St Kilda foreshore. The festival commences at 10.00 am and there will loads of Hare Krishna food to enjoy, as well as music, and many other cultural events.
The Rathayatra Parade commences at the corner of Jackson Street and Fitzroy Street at 11.00am sharp. Come and pull the Chariots!!
Posted by Kurma on 10/2/11; 7:38:37 AM