Ludhiana Ratha Yatra a Great Success

November 20, 2006 at 10:29 pm Leave a comment

By RAJSUYA DASA

Nov 19, LUDHIANA, INDIA (SUN) — Ratha Yatra was attended by thousands devotees from all over the world. It took about six hours to reach its destination at Nav Durga Mandir. The Deities of Lord Jagannatha, Baladeva and Subhadra look very beautiful in the chariot, which was decorated with flowers and light.

From both sides of the road, people welcomed Their Lordship with flowers and were very anxiously waiting for the chariot of Their Lordships to come. The devotees were chanting the Maha-mantra in different groups on all the way. Prasadam stalls were seen on both sides of the road.

The district administration faced great difficulty in controlling the people and smooth running of the traffic. All the traffic was diverted to different routes. Earlier His Holiness Gopal Krishna Goswami Maharaj, GBC, spoke on this occasion and said that Ludhiana Ratha Yatra is the second biggest Ratha Yatra after Sri Jagannath Puri.

During the Ratha Yatra program, ISKCON New Delhi’s book distribution party headed by HG Madhusudan das prabhu distributed 3,000 Bhagavad-Gitas in Hindi, worth Rs.1.5 Lakh. Among others who were present in Yatra were HH Radha Govind Goswami Maharaj, HG Makhan Lal prabhu (Senior disciple of Srila Prabhupad), HG Mahaman Prabhu, Temple President ISKCON Indore and Zonal Secretary Punjab and Haryana. HG Sakshi Gopal Das, Temple President ISKCON Kurukshetra, HG Vaishnav prabhu Vice President, ISKCON Vrindavan, HG Bhaktivinode Prabhu, Temple President ISKCON Varanasi, HG Mohan Rupa Prabhu, Temple President ISKCON New Delhi.

The chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh state of India, Mr. Vir Bhadar Singh, was the chief guest of Ratha Yatra. For more pictures of the Ratha Yatra please visit our website.

Rajsuya dasa
G.M, ISKCON Ludhiana

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