Finland´s First Ratha Yatra Festival In Helsinki May 27th 2006
Posted May 8, 2006
Finland's First Ratha Yatra Festival in Helsinki May 27th 2006*ISKCON Helsinki arranges Finland's first Ratha Yatra festival in Helsinki May 27th 2006. Ratha Yatra is a part of World Village festival arranged in Kaisaniemi Park and Railway Square.
Jagannatha Appears to All
Central figure of Ratha Yatra festival is a beautifully decorated palanquin in which Lord Jagannatha appears to the people. Jagannatha is especially merciful form of Krishna, He loves festivals. Usually Lord Jagannatha is worshipped in the temples but during Ratha Yatra He appears to everyone in the streets of the city. According to Vedic scriptures anyone, who sees Jagannatha, can make spiritual progress.
Route of the Festival Parade
Procession departs from Senate Square (Senaatintori) on May 27th at 12 pm. It will proceed the following route: Senaatintori - Sofiankatu - Pohjois-Esplanadi, Mannerheimintie - Kolmen sepän aukio - Aleksanterinkatu - Mikonkatu - Rautatientori - Itäinen Teatterikatu - Kaisaniemenpuisto. Everyone is invited to participate!
Vegetarian Food and Cultural Program
During World Village festival, there will be Indian culture program with the Ratha Yatra, produced by ISKCON Helsinki. Bharata Natyam -dance group, Devadasi, featuring a guest from Estonia, Gandharvika dasi, will be performing at the festival. Dance performances will take place on Mekong-stage of the Asia tent. In addition to that, there will be a performance from Latvian sword dancer Nataraja and Kirtan music on the street stage. ISKCON will be also serving vegetarian food and knowledge of India's spiritual tradition.
The Origin of Ratha Yatra
Ratha-Yatra's model comes from Indian city of Puri, where annual festival has been arranged for thousands of years. Ratha-Yatra is possibly the oldest continuous spiritual festival in the world. These days Puri's population of 100 000 grows to 2 000 000 during the festival. When the festival takes place, traditional castes are ignored and ordinary citizens may take part in the celebration with upper-class priests side by side.