Ratha Yatra (Chariot parade) is celebrated in many major cities over the world. You will see a huge car with the Deities of Jagannatha, Balarama and Subhadra, in a procession by devotees. After arrival at Dam Square, there will be a celebration with feast, kirtan and bhajan, and much more.
The Ratha Yatra festival is for everyone. The parade and festival are free of charge.
About Ratha Yatra
The origin of the festival dates back to before ancient history. It originates from Jagganath Puri in Orissa on India’s eastern coast. The festival over there lasts a whole week with two processions and lots of smaller events in between.
Here in Amsterdam, as in many other countries in the western world, it is usually a one-day event.
How can you join?
By joining us in the parade and festival, singing loudly with us:
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
Are you eager to fulfil Lord Jagannatha’s sincere and strong desire
– to go on the streets and shower His mercy upon every living entity in Amsterdam
– while bringing Him back to Vrindavan Dhaam by pulling the ropes of the Rath cart?
Please offer a financial contribution to make this Festival reality again this year. You can transfer your donation to:
Account holder: ISKCON Kerkgenootschap IBAN: NL04INGB0003984708
Description: Ratha Yatra 2023.
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Thank you so much for pleasing Their Lordships. You will surely feel the Mercy flow!
WHAT TO DO ON DAM SQUARE?
There will be lot of kirtan on the stage. Led by kirtaneers from worldwide, kirtaneers from Radhadesh, and from Amsterdam like Rati Manjari devi dasi, Parividdha prabhu and so many more… Also there will be free vegetarian meal for all visitors, and a few stands where snacks, sweets and books are sold.
13:00 – Start parade at Van Hilligaertstraat, near Shell Service station (see map below for route) 15:00 – Arrival at Dam Square, end of parade. Start Festival with free vegetarian feast. 20:00 – End of the Festival.
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