Sri Jagannatha Ratha Yatra - Saturday, June 27, 11:30 am

Please join us for a wonderful festival of Sri Jagannatha Ratha yatra on Saturday, June 27, starting with the procession at 11:30 am from 1 Cambria St (intersection of Boylston St and Mass Ave please see the map) to Boston Common and post parade cultural festival at Boston Common from 2 pm.

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An enlivening procession with esctatic music, chanting and dancing. A beautiful scene of devotees walking and dancing their way to the Boston Common for a site celebration. The Boston Common Site will have stage performances, chanting, drama, food, exhibits, spritual literature, meditation tent and more!!!

Every year in the summer, one of the world’s largest and oldest festivals happens in India - the Ratha Yatra. A Sanskrit phrase, “Ratha Yatra” literally translates into English as “chariot procession.” As such,three richly decorated chariots, resembling temple structures, are pulled through the streets of the small coastal town of Puri in Eastern India.

Boston chapter of International Society of Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) located on 72 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA had been celebrating this festival for three decades now. On Sunday June 27th a large chariot carrying the deities will make its way down Boylston Street, starting from Massachusetts Avenue and culminating at the Boston Common Park, where a cultural festival near Park Street T station will follow.The mood created will be no different to that in Puri India. The procession will be accompanied with an assortment of thunderous instruments, chanting, and dancing by Krishna devotees from all over New England.

Kids Activities
Family-Friendly Attractions for Children 

  • Tadpole Playground with splash water (adjacent to the festival tent)
  • Frog pond (adjacent to the festival tent)
  • Ride on a Carousel (adjacent to the festival tent)
  • Play Frisbee on the Common (adjacent to the festival tent)
  • Visit the Ducklings in the Public Garden (5 mins walk from the festival tent)
  • Ride on Boston's Swan Boats (5 mins walk from the festival tent)

Schedule: 
11:30-2:00 pm Ratha Yatra Parade from 1 Cambria St (intersection of Boylston St and Mass Ave.) to Boston Common Park

Parade Kirtan Schedule
11:30 - 12:00 TBD
12:00 - 12:30 TBD
12:30 - 01:00 TBD
01:00 - 01:15 TBD
01:15 - 01:30 TBD
01:30 - 02:00 TBD

Stage Schedule:
02:00-2:15 pm Jagannatha arrival kirtan - FOI
02:15-2:45 pm Kirtan and talk  
02:45-3:00 pm Kirtan  
03:00-3:30 pm Dance  
03:30-3:45 pm Suchita Rao
03:45-4:00 pm TBD
04:00-4:30 pm TBD
04:30-4:45 pm Talk  
04:45-5:00 pm Dance  
5:00-5:15 pm Dance  
5:15-5:30 pm Kirtan  
5:30-6:00 pm Kirtan  
Delicious food will be served from 2 pm onwards.


Sponsorship Opportunities:
Tents, Stage, FOI 15,700.00
Permits and Administration 3,200.00
Decorations & Flowers 3,000.00
Water Bottles & Beverages 1,500.00
Prasadam (Free Food) 14,800.00
Sound & Auxiliary System 1,000.00
Deity Worship 2,800.00
Snacks 1,650.00
Security Services 1400.00
Advertisement 4,600.00
Miscellaneous 7,000.00

(partial or any small donation is acceptable)
For online donations click http://www.iskconboston.org/contribute
Please specify Ratha Yatra donations in the comments section.

Parking Information :  ISKCON offers discounted parking rates at Boston Common Garage ($10) . Please pick up validation tickets at Guest Reception Tent.
Street parking is free on the weekends. There is a plenty of street parking available in the downtown, around the Boston Common and Boston Public garden.  


Subway train stations closest to the post parade cultural festival at Boston Common:
Park Street station - Serves MBTA's Red and Green lines (all branches) . You can walk right into the festival area of the park as you exit the station.

Subway Stations closest to the start point of Ratha Yatra Procession:
Green Line - Hynes convention center (1-2 minutes walking)
Green Line - Prudential or Symphony (4-5 minutes)
Orange Line - Massachusetts ave (10 minutes)
Orange line - Back Bay (12-15 minutes)

For any queries/information : Vanamali Pandit Dasa:  857-445-1112  or vanamali@iskconboston.org
For Seva/Volunteer:  Niskinchana Nitai Prabhu : 617-838-8903  or  nandkishore.sawant@gmail.com

Pleasee see the promotional video of last year below 
https://youtu.be/V94NlUo0xnk

 

Previous Ratha Yatra Festivals - 2017 (video playlist), 1998 (photo album)