The Ratha Yatra, or the Festival of the Chariots is perhaps the oldest continuously celebrated spiritual festival in the world. As far back as human records and memory extend, the splendidly decorated chariots of Jagannatha ('Master of the Universe' in Sanskrit) have rolled each summer in the town of Puri on the Bay of Bengal in India, to the delight of millions of joyous pilgrims. Their towering red-and-blue silken canopies rise into the sky as drums and cymbals resound in joyous celebrations. People young and old, their eyes bright with excitement sing and dance in the street, as if swimming in an ocean of overwhelming happiness.
Over forty years ago, Hare Krishna devotees brought this tradition to the streets of over 100 big and small cities around the world, including Tokyo, Dublin, Belfast, Birmingham, London, Budapest, New York, Montreal, Paris, Moscow, Singapore, Toronto, Antwerp, Kuala Lumpur, Durban, Sydney, Mumbai, New Delhi, San Francisco and Los Angeles.
The "ropes of love" pull the chariot that carries the Master of the Universe!
International Society for Krishna Consciousness,
Hare Krishna Movement.
Melbourne Hare Krishna Temple: http://iskcon.net.au
Recorded with a Sony HDR-CX110 and a Sony HDRXR150. Edited on iMac with Final Cut Express.