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 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.