Magnificent Jagannatha Ratha-Yatra In Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India
By Guru dasa
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By the mercy of Srila Prabhupada and Sri Jagannath, Sri Baladeva, Sri Subhadra Devi we had ratha-yatra for their Lordships on 8th June, 2013 at Bhopal, Capital of Madhya Pradesh, India.
Our festival was blessed and enlivened by senior Vaisnavas such as Sri Bhakti Vikasa Swami Maharaja, Sri Prabodananda Swami Maharaja, Sri Mahaman Prabhuji etc.
Also devotees participated from all over India. Devotees came from Indore, Jabalpur, Satna, Ujjain, Ganj Basoda, Vadodara, Ahmedabad, Vallabh Vidyanagar, Jamanagar, Valsad, Mumbai, Delhi, Vrindavan, Hyderabad, Bhimavaram, Visakhapatanam, Vellore, etc.
We had lots of Hari Katha by the senior Vaisnavas and lots of blissful kirtana.
Day before ratha-yatra we had press conference which gave lots of publicity to the ratha-yatra.
Also we had lots of full meal prasadam distributed and it was all cooked by the devotees.
Since Bhopal has Muslim population comparatively more than other towns, Lord Jagannath and His prasadam attracted even Muslims. People from all background participated in the ratha-yatra and got the mercy of Lord Jagannath.
At the end of the ratha-yatra Honorable Home minister of Madhya Pradesh Umashankar Gupta also came and got the blessings of Lord Jagannath.
To make this ratha-yatra possible all the devotees of Bhopal did lots of hard work and pray to their Lordships to give us such opportunity again and again.
Sri Jagannath, Sri Baladeva, Sri Subhadra Devi ki Jay!
Srila Prabhupada ki Jay!
ys, Guru dasa