Ratha Yatra: our annual Krishna Conscious parade festival in Dublin

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Ratha Yatra, or Festival of the Chariots, is a re-enactment of a sacred journey of Lord Krishna celebrated for hundreds of years on a massive scale in Jagannath Puri, India, as well as in centres of devotion to Krishna all over the world today, including Ireland.

The Vaishnava devotees in Dublin have held a Ratha Yatra every year since 2004. The City of Dublin clears the streets for our enormous, hand-pulled chariot to travel from the Garden of Remembrance down to St. Stephen's Green, carrying the three deity figures of Lord Jagannātha, Lord Baladeva, and Lady Subhadrā.

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Once these deities are enshrined on the Green, the park becomes an afternoon celebration of Indian culture with Vaishnava music, singing, dancing, dramatic works and philosophy. In the midst of the free entertainment, we conduct a Sunday Feast on a grand, outdoor scale with all welcome to share our prasādam… free, delightful vegetarian food.

If you have never heard of the Ratha Yatra before, please find more information at the Ratha Yatra Ireland web site and plan to attend with all your friends for an unforgettable fusion of Indian and European cultures. If the Ratha Yatra is already close to your heart, every year we need volunteers & sponsorship to make this event a success, so click the button below to find out how you can help.

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