Chakra Announcements

Gita Nagari Ratha Yatra

by Ortrun Gates

Posted June 16, 2009

This year's 33rd annual Ratha Yatra at Gita Nagari Farm in Port Royal, PA promises not only to be a treat to those who have visited the farm before, but especially for those among you who have never had the opportunity to attend. Since this is a farm festival and we do not have the same constraints as city festivals, we have devised a slightly different, day-long program for our visitors.

The festivities will take place around the garden and cow pastures in the vicinity of the old factory building. Plans are in the works for tours of the garden, barn, the refurbished (still under construction) bramacari ashram, cow and oxen tour. We'll have a petting zoo for young and old, as well as pony rides. If you are lucky, you might even be able to watch the cows being milked, or, maybe you can milk one yourself? Later in the afternoon, when the heat has subsided somewhat prepare for a wood cutting and butter churning contest. Prizes to be awarded!

The day starts at 8 am with the arrival of and reception of Lord Jagannath, Lord Baladeva, and Lady Subhadra. Breakfast will be served from 9 am to 10 am.

At 10 am a Go Puja talk is scheduled with feeding of the cows afterward. We are very fortunate this year that one of Gita Nagari's well wishers has donated two milkers and the naming ceremony will take place at that time. For your more mundane pleasures, the food court and vendors open their stalls at 10 am and will be available until 7 in the evening.

The first drama of the day is performed at 11 am leading directly into the procession with talk and kirtan at 12 noon. The procession takes a slightly different route this year, but will still wind its way up to Govardhan Hill before coming back down to earth and the festival grounds. The feast is scheduled to be served at 3 pm, with the second drama following at 5 pm.

This festival will be a day to be remembered!

Please check out the link below for this year's flyer and don't forget to go to our website for directions. Please phone 717 527 4101 for further information.

Click Here for the poster in Adobe Acrobat format (.pdf)