3:00 pm to 5.00 PM – Snana Yatra
5:00 pm to 5:45 PM – Arati
5:45 pm to 6:30 PM – Lecture on Pastimes of Jagannatha, Balaram & Subadhra
6.30 PM – Gaura Arati
7:00 PM – Prasadam (Free Vegetarian Feast)
Sunday, May 28, 2017, ISKCON celebrates 15th Baltimore Ratha Yatra (Chariot Parade) & India Festival in downtown Baltimore’s famous Inner Harbor. Over the years, we have received Appraisal Governors past and present, mayors, councilors and local Senate states and delegates have praised the cultural and spiritual intrinsic to this event. This resulted in an official proclamation of the Mayor’s Ratha Yatra Day.
It is with great pleasure that we take this opportunity to invite you to attend the annual Ratha Yatra of the Baltimore Parade and the India Festival on Sunday May 29, 2016. The parade begins at 12:00 at the corner of Key Road And Light Street behind the Science Center in the inner harbor, continuing down the street light and ending at McKeldin Square at the corner of Pratt Street and the light for the opening ceremony of the India Festival From 14 hours.
The past twelve years of festivals have been a great success, not only attracting thousands of local participants from Maryland, but also people from New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, North Carolina and even Florida. Local TV stations and newspapers also covered the event. More than 2,500 vegetarian dishes were distributed free to participants and passers-by each year and in the afternoon was filled with Indian-style entertainment in the form of music, dance, singing and theater. Thank you for quoting Appreciation Barbara A. Mikulski Senator, former Senator John A. Giannetti Jr., former Governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. and former Major Martin O’Malley and Sheila Dixon offices and members of the Board and local Catonsville delegates Personally assisted by official proclamations each year from the mayor’s office proclaiming that day as the day. Ratha Yatra.
This event is sponsored by the International Society for Krishna Awareness (ISKCON) of Baltimore, a nonprofit religious organization since 1966. Its distinguished presence would make this event special and successful, and we look forward to your favorable response.
Ratha Yatra Festival History:
Atha Yatra Chariot means festival. Ratha Yatra causing 5000 years ago in India, in the state of Orrisa the east coast, in a town called Jagannatha Puri. The Festival celebrates the return of Lord Krishna to Vrindavan and is held every year in the months of June-July to honor Lord Jagannath. Millions of people in the world are the descendants of Jagannath Puri (India) to celebrate this incredible feast.
Usually, the deities of Lord Jagannath, Balarama and Subhadra are worshiped in the temple, but the day of the feast of Rath Yatra are taken in the streets so that everyone may have the chance to see them. Richly decorated chariots, resembling temple structures, are crossed in the streets of Puri Jagannath. This commemorates the annual journey of Lord Jagannath, Balarama and his sister Subhadra Temple Gundicha, located 2 km from their temple. During the festival, devotees from all over the world go to Jagannath Puri with a sincere desire to help pull the car with ropes. The enormous processions accompanying the chariots play songs with drums, tambourines, trumpets, and so on. Children wander the streets where the car will be added to the choir and mass. It is also broadcast live on many Indian and international channels.
Festival was chariots held out of India on July 9, 1967 in San Francisco, under the direction of His Divine Grace B.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. Srila Prabhupada, as he is affectionately known, is the founder-Acharya of the International Society for the Conscience of Krishna. Srila Prabhupada had the idea to hold the festival in San Francisco, looking out the window from her room above Frederick Street. Today, the Tank Festival is held all over the world, including 5th Avenue in Manhattan, along the Pacific Coast Highway in Laguna Beach and Golden Gate Park in San Francisco.
Rath Yatra ISKCON celebrates Baltimore since 2002. This is the 14th year of celebration.
ISKCON Rath Yatra Sponsors:
Opportunities are plentiful to take part in the Lord’s devotional service at Rathayatra.
Many devotees of Lord Jagannatha step forward and sponsor an aspect or feature of the festival.
All the Rathayatra festivals are run by teams of committed volunteers. Each of them giving time and service to the event.
How much is it to sponsor?
Different aspects of the festival are sponsored at different amounts.
Flower / Decoration
Deity Outfit (Dress)
Prasadam (Food For Life)
If you would like to help in a practical way, either as a donor or as a volunteer please let us know.
Send your contribution to the given below address:
ISKCON Baltimore Rathyatra
200 Bloomsbury Ave.
Catonsville, MD 21228