Sri Jagannath Rath Yatra – ISKCON of Central NJ, Plainfield, NJ
Sri Jagannath Rath Yatra – ISKCON of Central NJ, Plainfield, NJ.
Actual Day Sunday 04th July 2019 by Hema Jagannath Dasa
Plainfield, NJ. Radha Krishna Temple and Cultural Center (ISKCON of Central NJ), Plainfield, NJ celebrated an electrifying Sri-Jagannath Rath Yatra with sincere devotion and active participation by more than One thousand devotees – on the actual day of Jagannath-Puri Rath Yatra on Thursday 04th July 2019.
Lord Jagananth’s absence from the altar from 16th July 2019 after Snan Yatra created a feeling of separation from the devotees. Kids from the temple created wonderful messages praying for Lordships’s speedy recovery.
On the day of Rath Yatra – Lord Jagannath was adorned with a traditional “Tahia” attire during Sringar darshan. Devotees started coming to the temple and brought bhoga to be offered to the supreme siblings – Lord Jagannath (Sri-Krishna), His elder brother Lord Balabhadra and younger sister Subhadra Maharani. The Rath Yatra festival is a key component of Krishna Conscious movement, instilled by the Founding Acarya His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada – who initiated first documented Festival of Chariots in western world in San Francisco on July 9, 1967. Today Rath Yatra is celebrated in hundreds of cities around the world.
Devotees started pouring in around 4 PM and started decorating the chariot. The program started at 5PM with Rath Puja followed by Pahandi Bije, inaugurating the yatra (procession) by breaking coconuts and cleansing the path of the chariot (Chera-Pahanra). Devotees offered bhoga to the lordships on the chariot during yatra which took the path within the temple property. The congregational chanting and dancing with musical instruments, glorifying the lordships brought many new devotees to join the procession.
Lots of Bhogas were offered to the Lordships on the chariot. Devotees participated in ecstatic kirtan and the entire atmosphere was charged by humming sound of “Jaya Jagannath” and “Hare Krsna”. Sumptuous Jagannath-Prasad was served to all the 1000+ attendees. It appeared Lord Jagannath was reciprocating with his dear devotees during the Rath Yatra.
Temple president Madhupati Dasa thanked the devotees for participating in Rath Yatra Event and invited everyone to join Atlantic City Rath Yatra on Boardwalk Saturday 06th July 2019 from 2PM to 5PM.