The Kolkata Rath Yatra is a grand chariot festival celebrated in Kolkata, West Bengal, India. It is an annual event that is organized by the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) in the city.
The Rath Yatra in Kolkata is a significant religious and cultural event for the devotees of Lord Jagannath, a form of Lord Krishna. It is inspired by the famous Rath Yatra that takes place in Puri, Odisha, which is the largest chariot festival in the world. Kolkata Rath Yatra is the 2nd largest in the world.
During the Kolkata Rath Yatra, elaborate chariots are prepared and decorated for the deities of Lord Jagannath, his sister Subhadra, and his elder brother Balabhadra. These chariots are pulled by thousands of devotees through the streets of Kolkata.
The Rath Yatra procession starts from the ISKCON temple in Kolkata and covers a designated route, usually passing through important streets and landmarks. The atmosphere is vibrant and festive, with devotees singing devotional songs, chanting mantras, and dancing to the beats of traditional music.
The festival attracts a massive crowd of both devotees and spectators who come to witness the procession and seek the blessings of Lord Jagannath. The Rath Yatra in Kolkata serves as a platform for spreading the teachings and philosophy of Lord Krishna, promoting unity, love, and devotion among the people.
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Kolkata Rathayatra is coming and so is Gundicha Dance Festival, 2023 for the transcendental pleasure of Their Lordships Jagannath, Baladev, Shubhadra Maharani and Shudarshan Dev.
Not only at the Gundicha but the coveted dance artistes from in and around the city submit their devotional art to the lotus feet of The Lord of the Universe, also on the Netra Utsav Day, on the Rathayatra Day in front of His Rath and on the Ultarath day as well. More than 250 artistes are joining this year for this festival of 10 consecutive days.
Stay tuned for more updates about dates, time and venues. All are most courteously welcome.
[Design- Sahil Ismail.
Photo- Sayantan Dasgupta.
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