Rath-Yatra (Chariot Procession), the Festival of Chariots of Lord Jagannath is celebrated Every Year (from 35 Years) in the Vadodara (Baroda) City. ISKCON Temple (International Society for Krishna Consciousness) of Vadodara oraganises this yatra every Year.
On the auspicious day of “Ashaadh Shukla Bij” (the second day of the waxing fortnight of the month of “Ashaadh” in the Hindu Calendar, ISKCON Baroda organises for the thirty-third Jagannath Rathayatra (Mahotsav) Festival.
A Large Numbers of citizens of Vadodara (Baroda) come to ISKCON Baroda’s Sri Sri Radha Shyamsundar Mandir for darshan of Their Lordships, the presiding Deities here, and for darshan of Sri Sri Sri Jagannath, Baladev and Subhadradevi, and Sri Sri Gaur Nitai.
RathYatra traditionally starts at the Railway Station and finishes at the Polo Ground. On its way, it passes through the Kala Ghoda circle, Santram temple, Kothi, Raopura, Nyay Mandir, Dandia Bazar, Khanderao Market, Madan Jhampa and Baithak Mandir.
Chants of ‘Hare Ram…Hare Ram…Ram Ram Hare Hare…
Hare Krishna…Hare Krishna…Krishna Krishna Hare Hare…’ is spoken by Devotees all the Way!
Behind the Rath, as has been the tradition all of these years, “Halava” (delicious sweet) prasad is distributed from the back of trucks to the members of the public.
Annually around 10,000 kilos of halava prasad is prepared in pure “Desi Ghee”.
The Rath (Chariot) carries Lord Krishna, Lord Balrama (Baldev) and Lord Subhadra Devi. Thousands of People come out to see the Yatra and to eat Prasad.