Philadelphia Ratha Yatra/Radhastami Invitation
Amitabha-Krishna dasa: Philadelphia Parade of Chariots & Krishna’s Bhakti Fest
On Saturday, September 22, 2012, the City of Brotherly Love will once again experience the lively sights and sounds of our annual Ratha Yatra Parade of Chariots and Krishna’s Bhakti Fest, which will feature a vibrant procession from Love Park to the Philadelphia Art Museum, culminating in the entertaining and informative Krishna’s Bhakti Fest.
We are honored to announce that His Holiness Radhanath Swami Maharaj and acclaimed kirtaniyas Amala Kirtan dasa, Jagannatha Kirtana dasa, Nama Rasa dasa, Gaura Vani, and many others will be joining us for our Philadelphia Parade of Chariots.
The Philadelphia community humbly extends an earnest invitation to all devotees and congregation members to please join us in this first-time-ever Radhastami Ratha Yatra Festival. As Lord Jagannatha is pulled back to Vrindavana on this occasion of Ratha Yatra, the Divine Couple is once again united. Join Radharani’s camp of faithful followers—led by Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and His associates who will lead the parade on Their own chariot—in pulling the Divine Couple and Sri Jagannatha, Baladeva, and Subhadra back to Vrindavana. As Srila Prabhupada repeatedly addressed his students in a 1974 class, “Radharani is the source of spiritual inspiration.” Be inspired and transformed; join us for Philadelphia’s grandest Ratha Yatra festival yet.
For the first time ever, several thousand festival-goers will have the unique opportunity to hand-pull three opulently decorated, 20-foot high chariots of Sri Panca-tattva, Sri Sri Radha Sarad-vihari, and Sri Jagannatha Baladeva and Subhardra. Bagpipers, singers, drummers, dramatic characters, and dancers will accompany the three chariots down Benjamin Franklin Parkway to the Philadelphia Art Museum.
At Eakin’s Oval, where the procession comes to an end, revelers will participate in a one-of-a-kind Bhakti Fest. A distinctive feature of this year’s Radhastami festival will be a beautifully decorated Radha-Krishna Kirtan Temple Tent, which will feature leading kirtaniyas—accompanied by thousands of participants—chanting for the sole pleasure of Sri Sri Radha Sarad-vihari, who will preside over the kirtan performance in Their own temple tent, where Their seva will continue.
One of the most popular attractions of the Philadelphia festival is the complimentary vegan/vegetarian feast that will be served to thousands of guests. As one of the country’s grandest Ratha Yatra feasts, our menu consists of a mouth-watering 13-course meal for over 8,000 guests, free of charge. As always, the site will be lined with a host of tents offering various delicacies, yoga demonstrations, mantra meditation, kirtan yoga (sacred sound), workshops, dance, drama, comedy, live music, cultural exhibits, crafts, transcendental literature, philosophical discussions, children’s activities, family fun, and more. Vendors will sell beautiful saris, aromatic incense, books and exotic jewelry at the various booths dotting the site.
Do not miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to celebrate the divine appearance of Srimati Radharani while simultaneously celebrating one the largest and most beautiful Ratha Yatra festivals in the world! Visit www.paradeofchariots.com, and extend a warm invitation to all of your friends, family, and coworkers.
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