London: Spectacular Rath Yatra in Harrow

  • Wed,10 Jul 2019 09:48:59 AM

By Sushma Lobo

London, July 10 (BAN): The Rath Yatra, known as Krishna’s Chariot festival was celebrated in London with 1000’s of devotees taking to the streets of London starting at Harrow mandir all the way to Stanmore mandir on Sunday 7th July. Rathayatra is a festival of chariots, where each chariot is adorned in colourful fabrics, surrounded by music, drums, and dancing. Devotees in colourful clothes flocked the streets with live music and singing pulling the divine deity Lord Jagannath and his siblings Lord Balabhadra and Lady Subhadra who were seated upon glorious chariots embarking on a journey from Harrow to Stanmore Mandir. The annual Hindu celebration commemorates the journey of the deity.

Poojan and Maha Aarti began from 11.00am at Swaminarayan Temple Kenton, followed by a procession to Shree Swaminarayan Temple Stanore. Interestingly, this colourful vibrant festival is celebrated by devotees across the globe with the same enthusiasm.

The long lasting legend is that the site of Lord Jagannath's temple in Ahmedabad was a forest on the east bank of the Sabarmati river. (Source: iskconglobal/Twitter). This is the only time of the year the deity goes out to meet his devotees especially those who are disabled and unable to get to him.

This was a special celebration because everyone was able to serve the Lord by pulling the Rath through the streets of Harrow. Followed by a divine celebration was held upon arrival at the Temple at 3.30pm, followed by Maha Prasad.

Through out the spectacular celebratory procession offerings of flowers, fruits & nuts were made with blissful singing and dancing to the Maha Mantra. What a beautiful day to celebrate a festival bringing all devotees from across London and the UK together and bring their deity out to meet them.

All photo credit Suryakant Jadva

All photo credit Suryakant Jadva 

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