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Festival of the Chariots LA

by Mahamondo

Posted August 3, 2006


The Maha Mantra resonated through Main St. this morning (July 30) with bliss and bhakti ( devotion ) emanating from adherents , practitioners and tourists . ISKCON's 30th Annual Festival of Chariots had its origins in Puri, India thousands of years ago and is now a SaMo / Venice summer tradition.

The chariots are actually 3 towers with deities that are pulled by devotees down Main St. towards Venice Beach . What is amazing is the sight of the crowd dressed in traditional Indian garb and attendants tossing flowers and fanning the gods . Families with their kids chanting - the joy is contagious.

The celebration culminates in prasad on the Venice Boardwalk.

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( Image via www.festivalofindia.org )

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