Chakra Announcements

Festival of India at Seattle

by Nanda Suta das

Posted September 17, 2004

ISKCON Seattle celebrated its 10th annual Jagannatha Rathayatra and Festival of India on August 27, 28 and 29 at Seattle's pier 58 (near Seattle Aquarium). The three-day Festival of India was well received by devotees, congregation members and the general public.

We served around 5000 plates of prasadam during these three days. The main parade was graced by H.H. Hanumat Presaka Swami. Meteorologists had predicted rain during the weekend but the Lord had a different desire and thus we bathed in golden rays.

The menu on the day of the Lord's parade consisted of matar paneer sabji, blueberry and peach halwa, saffron rice, tomato cream chole, tomato and herb chutney, pappadams and pakoras made of zucchini, eggplant, bell peppers and cauliflower. Pappadams and pakoras were cooked on the festival site and we were serving them hot and tasty.

Many book distributors were distributing transcendental literature and the preaching was constant. We also had cultural/folk dances, kirtans, bhajans and plays.

We are sure that this festival had tremendous impact on the minds and hearts of countless casual visitors and guests. The festival brought out the best amongst many devotees. Everyone was in ecstasy and wanted to do more to serve the Lord. The big crew of volunteers ensured that Lord's festival was organized nicely and everyone had good time. Our temple president and local GBC leader Harivilas das led from the front by putting out tremendous efforts and cooking till wee hours.

Please visit the temple's website at www.IskconSeattle.com for upcoming programs and other related info.