Krishna's Bhakti Fest

Saturday, September 24, 2011 - 11:00am - 7:00pm
ISKCON of Philadelphia 41 West Allens Lane
Philadelphia, PA 19119
United States

The Philadelphia Ratha-Yatra Festival strives to bring all residents of the Philadelphia area together to remember, serve, and love the Supreme Personality of Godhead. The day is lined with a variety of cultural activities including The Parade of Chariots (12 PM - 1 PM) in which participant pull colorful chariots, dance, and chant the Holy Names of God. The Parade will be followed by The Festival of India, a free, day-long festival infused with transcendental music, discussion, drama, and a vegetarian feas (1 PM - 7 PM).

Parade of Chariots, 12 PM - 1 PM

This year, Parade of Chariots will begin at 12 noon near Love Park in Center City Philadelphia at 16th and Ben Franklin Parkway. It will proceed from there down the Ben Franklin Parkway to Eakin's Oval in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Arts where the Festival of India will be held. Included in the parade will be a Large Garbha dance Ensemble, lila characters in costume, kirtan chanters and dancers, loving devotees pulling the huge chariot of Lord Jagannatha, Baladeva, Lady Subhadra and Srila Prabhupada

Festival of India, 1 PM - 7 PM

The Festival of India will begin at 1 PM at Eakin's Oval in front of the Philadelphia Art Museum.

It will include:

  • Free vegan and vegetarian feast
  • Devotional and contemporary musical performances
  • Indian classical dance performances
  • Drama
  • Booths recounting the philosophy of reincarnation, Bhagavad-Gita, Yoga, the Hare Krishna Movement
  • Indian clothing
  • Sumptuous Vegetarian Cuisine
  • Cultural gifts
  • Children's activities

Please join us for this event and become part of the huge procession accompanying the chariots providing music, tumultuous playing of drums, dancing and transcendental activities.

The Parade of Chariots is organized by the Philadelphia chapter of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON Toronto). For over 40 years, ISKCON Philadelphia has been the hub of a rich, vibrant and enthusiastic community. The organization has helped share the teachings of ancient, spiritual India and has been a resource for tens of thousands of people who have sought to learn more about self-development, mantra meditation, yoga, vegetarianism and more.

Internationally speaking, ISKCON is a worldwide confederation of more than 400 centres, including 60 farm communities, 50 schools and 90 restaurants

Event Type: 
Arts and Culture