Jagannath Rath Yatra Nepal 2012
Jagannath Rathyatra has been successfully conducted by International Society for Krishna Consciousness of Nepal (ISKCON Nepal) today. The historic festival of chariot pulling was successfully over with the heavy participation of the devotees of lord Jagannath.
ISKCON Nepal has been conducting Jagannath Rathyatra festival since more than 35 years in Kathmandu. Earlier, the festival used to be celebrated at smaller scale but it has been largely celebrated. Lord Jagannath who is Krishna himself is pulled in chariot along with his brother Baladev and sister Subhadra devi. The festival was also followed by media.
Festival started at 11:30 am from Pragya Bhawan , Kamaladi. Festival started with the welcome speech by the president of ISKCON Nepal and the president of Rathyatra management committee . The festival was accompanied with wonderful kritan ( singing the holy name of God ) and dancing. Devotees enthusiastically pulled the chariot of the lord of Universe, Jagannath. The program was finally over at Basantapur Kathmandu with prasadam distribution and various cultural programs.
This year, more number of devotees participated in the festival . Security was also somehow better than that of the previous years. Although some media were following the festival but overall condition of presence of media was not so satisfactory when compared to other Rath yatra festivals of Nepal.