Rath Yatra Paris 2012

Published July 2nd, 2012

The chances are you have heard about the Rath Yatra in Jagannath Puri, Orissa. Over this weekend, ISKCON recreated this event in Paris. In order to accomplish this task, they created a rath(chariot) decked with idols and pulled it through the streets of Paris from Place du Colonel Fabien to Place Joachim du Bellay with the help of devotees. Such an endeavor, in the tiny yet overpopulated city of Paris, can bring life to a halt. It was so well planned affair that normal life went on without much interruption.

By 2 pm, Place du Colonel Fabien was crowded. The chants of "Hare Rama Hare Krishna" was all over the place along with incessant chatter, jingles and drum beats. After a dance performance in a made up stage and an address by various prominent personalities from the ethnic/religious communities, the procession started. There were a lot of things that amazed me.

The organizers were foresighted. There were medical personnels accompanying the procession. As there are people belong to ...

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