Jagannath Chariot Festival in San Francisco 2010 – Ratha Yatra

The world famous Sri Jagannath Rath Yatra held at Puri in India is today performed in a small way by Jagannath devotees in important cities around the world. The 2010 San Francisco Edition of Jagannath Chariot Festival will be observed on August 8, 2010. Majority of the Jagannath Chariot or Car Festival is organized by ISKCON members. Three small chariots resembling the huge Puri Jagannath chariots are pulled by devotees on the day.

Ratha Yatra, referred as Chariot or Car festival, is a popular annual festival observed at the Jagannath Temple in Puri in India for centuries. The festival was first introduced in the western countries in 1967 in San Franscisco by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.

Three chariots of Lord Jagannath (Krishna), Balabhadra and Subhadra are pulled by ISCKON devotees on the day. The Chariot Festival organized in San Francisco also includes live music, chanting of mantras, dance, kirtan and free vegetarian feast.

You can get more details of Jagannath Chariot Festival in San Francisco here at the official website.