For the first time, Ratha Yatra, the Festival of Chariots will be held in Downtown Dallas, joining other global city centers like New York City’s Fifth Avenue and London’s Piccadilly Circus in celebrating this event.
Join hundreds of festival-goers from all over the US and hand-pull the colorful chariot carrying the sacred deities of Jagannatha, Subhadra and Balarama along Flora Street to Klyde Warren Park. Next to the chariot, hundreds more will dance enthusiastically while singing sacred mantras and playing traditional musical instruments. Parade festivities begin at 10:00 AM.
This Festival of Chariots, Ratha Yatra, has been observed annually for more than 3,000 years in the ancient holy city of Jagannatha Puri in Orissa, India, making it the oldest street festival in the world. Devotees believe that if they get the honor of pulling the ropes of the giant chariot carrying Lord Krishna, known as Jagannatha or the Lord of the Universe, then after this life they will obtain eternal service to the Lord in the spiritual world.