ISKCON Lucknow celebrated a colorful Rathayatra. The city of Lucknow is the capital of the Uttar Pradesh, the largest state in the country. This city is also known as ‘Laxmanpuri’. H. G. Devkinandan Prabhu, H. G. Surapati Prabhu and H. G. Radha Ranjan Prabhu and the local committee members and congregation organized this wonderful festival.
The Lordships Sri Sri Jagannath Baladeva and Subadra came up on their Ratha at 4 PM and then an Arati ceremony was performed by Sri Sushil Ansal and his wife Smt. Kusum Ansal (the land donors for the Lucknow temple). Sri Dinesh Sharma, Mayor of Lucknow inaugurated the Rathyatra, after the traditional broom cleaning of the road.
H. H. Mahavishnu Swami Maharaj, spoke on the significance of Rathayatra and H. G. Devkinandan Prabhu delivered the welcome speech.
All along the Rathayatra procession, the Lordship’s were showered with the multitudes of flower petals. Several residents came out of their homes and offices to perform an Arati to the Lordships. Prasadam was distributed through out the yatra. All along the Rathayatra, the famous Sankirtan team from ISKCON New Delhi distributed Srila Prabhupada’s books.
The next day (16th May), Bhumi Puja for the 5 acre land that ISKCON has received from the Ansal Builders was performed.
H. G. Sitalanga Prabhu led the Yajna as the Head Priest. The Yajna Mandap comprised of 11 Kundas each with a Brahmin performing the sacrifices. 108 founder donor of the city, sat along with their families.
Several Life Members, well wishers and devotees were present at this function. After the Yajna, H. H. Gopal Krishna Maharaj, delivered a blessing speech and thanked the donors for donating the Land for the temple. H. G. Devkinandan Prabhu thanked the donors and requested the founder members to come together inorder to build a beautiful temple for the Lordships Sri Sri Radha Raman Bihari.