Ratha Yatra

Ratha Yatra

Francisco Valencia Berrueta, Sep 1 2011

All glories to Srila Prabhupada

All glories to Lord Sri Krishna

What is the significance of Ratha Yatra festivals?  How auspicious is assist this festival?

HARE KRISHNA

Your Humble Servant

Francisco

 

Magnificent Ratha Yatra Chariots go down Yonge Street in Toronto, Canada accompanied by enthusiastic devotees
Magnificent Ratha Yatra Chariots go down Yonge Street in Toronto, Canada accompanied by enthusiastic devotees

Mahabhagavat Das SDA, Sep 13 2011

Dear Francisco Prabhu,

Please accept my humble obeisances.

All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

 

There is great significance to the Ratha Yatra festival of Lord Jagannatha.  It is most auspicious to assist in any way in this festival.  It is a very elaborate and wide subject matter, and I have heard many many lectures on this.

However, I will share just one item here:

The Jagannatha Ratha Yatra is a re-enactment of a pastime. Lord Jagannatha is non-different from Krishna, and in His deity form, He is personally on the chariot, and the people are personally getting to pull His chariot… in other words, the persons attending festival are personally in Lord Jagannatha’s manifest pastimes.

This is really special, because everywhere else, people can focus their consciousness by hearing and chanting and only the pure devotee can “be” in the pastime. But here everyone is in the pastime.

So anyone who assists even remotely a Ratha Yatra festival, their spiritual future is very very bright.

Your servant,

Mahabhagavat Das

 

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