On Sunday, July 29, 2014; ISKCON (International Society for Krishna Consciousness) Mira Road celebrated Ratha Yatra (Festival of Chariots). Congregation of all the three temples (ISKCON Juhu, ISKCON Chwopatty & ISKCON Kharghar)
had participated in the celebration.
The Ratha Yatra procession of Lord Jagannatha, Lady Subhadra, and Lord Baladeva respectively started in the afternoon from ISKCON Mira Road Temple. The colorful chariots were gloriously decorated.
Jagannatha represents the Lord of the Universe and is simultaneously the same as Lord Krishna. The ecstatic senior devotees and several hundred devotees chanted Hare Krishna Mahamantra (Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare; Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare), and glorified Lord’s names. Devotees pulled the ropes of the chariots with great enthusiasm and devotion.
About 2000 devotees enjoyed the parade, the festival, and free prasadam (pure vegetarian food offered to the Lord). The first Ratha Yatra of ISKCON was held in mid 1960s in San Francisco, and since then ISKCON has been celebrating it every year. This celebration is performed in many cities all around the world.
Many people who do not or cannot come to the Temple recieve the mercy of the Lord Jagannath when he comes out with His sister Subhadra, and brother Balarama to bless all. ISKCON was founded by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada in mid 1960s in New York. There are many ISKCON temples in the U.S., and in other countries including India.