LONDON RATH YATRA 2019 PICTURES (Post No.6556)

Written by London Swaminathan


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Date: 16 June 2019


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Post No. 6556

Pictures shown here are taken by me.. This is a non- commercial blog. ((posted by swamiindology.blogspot.com AND tamilandvedas.com

ISKCON’s Rath Yatra was celebrated this morning  (16th June 2019)in London . As usual devotees came in thousands from different parts of the country and some from Europe.  I have been attending Rath Yatra for over a quarter of a century in London. The crowd is swelling year by year. I saw the same devotion and dedication among the volunteers. Women came with their children in Prams. Since it was an orderly crowd I saw less police personnel.

Thousands of people had free feast at the Trafalgar square where the Rath Yatra ended. It took   two hours to reach the destination from Hyde Park Corner. Since three Rathas (Chariots of Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra) passed through heart of London, millions of pictures were taken by devotees and tourists. In the beginning I saw more tourists in the free food queue than the devotees. Water stalls, Bhonji (salted lemon juice drink) stalls and food stalls were in different places in the Square. Book stalls and other stalls were available for general public to browse through. Hinduja Foundation gave the free feast to all those came to see the Rath Yatra.

Devotees took turns to sweep the roads to clean the path of God’s procession. Hare Krishna and Hare Rama Bhajan accompanied by instrumental musicians was heard continuously for two hours. Men and women were dancing for two hours while they passed trough the entire route. Women came in their traditional sarees and added colour to the procession. It was a memorable event. I went with the procession for one hour and took some pictures:-