Ranganath das: LORD JAGANNATH RATHAYATRA
by ISKCON CANBERRA
30th MAY, 2009
HIS HOLINESS PRABHAVISNU SWAMI
By the mercy of Lord Jagannatha, ISKCON Canberra temple will be celebrating Lord Jagannatha Rathayatra in Canberra on Saturday, 30th May starting at 10:30AM. This year, we will be blessed by the kind association of His Holiness Prabhavisnu Swami, and the outstation devotees who will be participating in this Maha-Harinam for the pleasure of the Lord.
A Palanquin will be carrying Their Lordships Sri Sri Jagannatha, Baladeva and Subhadra through the streets of Canberra City.
ISKCON Canberra invites you to attend Rathayatra. Please come along and get the Mercy of Lord Jagannath on this auspicious occasion. Everyone will get the chance to carry the Palanquin of Their Lordships.
Start Time: 10:30 AM from Hare Krishna Temple, 1 Quick St, Ainslie, ACT
Rathayatra Route: Hare Krishna Temple, Quick St -> left onto Limestone Ave (walking path) -> right from signal to Ainslie Ave (walking path) -> through street around Glebe Park to City Walk -> Return to Hare Krishna Temple
Expected Finish time: 1.30PM at the Temple
Prasadam: 1.30 pm at the temple
The Inner Meaning of Rathayatra
(ref ‚ÄúHidden Glories Of India‚ÄĚ book, BBT Publications)
Although Lord Krishna became a great king in His time, His childhood He spent in the village of Vrindavan. There He sported with the cowherd boys and girls, and of all of them, Radharani was His most beloved. When Lord Krishna left Vrindavan to become king of Dvarka, however, Srimati Radharani’s lamentation was unequalled in the universe. She never gave up hope that He would someday return to Her. In this way She enjoys a special transcendental long known as vipralambha-bhava, or “the mood of love-in-separation”.
Once when Lord Krishna was king, He met Radharani and Her friends in a secluded place at Kurukshetra. But when Radharani saw Krishna in His princely grad, with full opulence and regalia, She longed to see Him as the simple cowherd boy She once knew. She longed to bring Him back to Vrindavan.
The mood of wanting to bring Lord Krishna back to the intimacy of Vrindavan is the confidential theme of the Rathayatra festival. When devotees pull the long, sturdy ropes of the Rathayatra cart they are pulling Krishna back into their hearts - back to the land of Vrindavan. Radha and Krishna incarnated as Caitanya Mahaprabhu, and in this way, They were reunited - in His body. Yet during His last years, which He spent in Jagannath Puri, Lord Caitanya fully manifested the mood of Radharani and relentlessly lamented the divine tragedy of Radha and Krishna’s separation.
Every year in Jagannath Puri, Lord Caitanya celebrated the Rathayatra festival in Srimati Radharani’s mood of pulling Krishna back to the simple, village-like atmosphere of Vrindavan. Mahaprabhu taught that this feeling of separation actually evokes the presence of Krishna and, ultimately, gives way to the highest happiness. This is the internal meaning of Rathayatra.