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Ratha Yatra: Dallas’ Ancient Festival of Chariots

Ratha Yatra (Festival of the Chariots), one of India’s most ancient and most popular festivals, a sacred day for Hindus worldwide, will be celebrated with a parade at Kalachandji's Hare Krishna Temple and will culminate in a festival and free vegetarian feast. All are welcome and admission is free.

Dallas, TX, April 09, 2016 --( On Saturday, April 30th, 2016, thousands of people will gather at Kalachandji’s Hare Krishna Temple for the annual Festival of Chariots. The parade will leave from the front of Kalachandji’s at 10am and will proceed through the streets of East Dallas. The large, colorful float will be lavishly decorated &, accompanied by scores of people pulling it by ropes. In addition, they will be singing devotional songs (kirtan), dancing & playing musical instruments alongside it. The parade returns to Kalachandji’s at 12:00pm & the festival continues in Kalachandji’s Park (located next to the temple grounds) until 4:00pm. All are welcome and admission is free.

The park features a main stage, kirtan music performances, classical Indian dance (bharat-natyam) & exhibits on India’s spirituality and culture. The site also has children’s activities, Indian dress up booth, face painting/henna tattoos, a free multi course vegetarian feast, and much more. All are welcome and admission is free.

Ratha Yatra has been celebrated for thousands of years in Puri, India where it attracts millions annually. Every summer the deity of Lord Krishna is taken out of the temple amidst great fanfare, and is placed on a chariot. Krishna is described in India’s sacred writings as the supreme God as worshiped by all the other major religions. Today this same festival is celebrated in major cities all over the world including New York, Los Angeles, Dublin & London.

Don’t miss this event where people from various walks of life come together bringing the best of the East and West in a demonstration of universal peace, harmony, & goodwill.
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