New York: The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), Hare Krishna Movement’s 46th annual Lord Jagannath’s Ratha Yatra (chariot parade) had scores attending on New York’s Fifth Avenue on June 12, 2021.
It was an amazing sight to witness the presence of Lord Jagannatha as a 40-foot high, colorfully-decorated Ratha Yatra carts hand-pulled by devotees and surrounded by thousands of chanting and dancing bodies almost floating in fresh air experiencing the pleasure of life once more after a most uncertain year.
The Ratha Yatra was part of a three day celebration hosted with cooperation of the Tristate Hare Krishna congregation community of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.
Around seven thousand people attended the event inaugurated by renowned architect Abhay Wadhwa and assisted by Pandit Nikhil Trivedi. Special efforts were made to ensure that all attendees were following current New York City Covid-19 Safety guidelines to keep everyone safe.
The Ratha yatra parade began at 12 P.M. sharp at West 45th Street and 5th Avenue, and ended at Washington Square Park where it joined the “Festival of India” for an afternoon of free vegetarian food, stage performances of Indian classical dances, Krishna conscious dramas performed by a theater troupe and multiple booths about reincarnation, meditation, yoga etc.