Take a look at this summer’s Lord Jagannath Rath Yatra in Puri

An early highlight of this summer’s Namarupa Yatra Divine was witnessing the Rath Yatra — or chariot festival — of Lord Jagannath in Puri, with its million-or-so participants.

It was particularly a highlight for the Krishna bhaktis among us.

Robert Moses, our intrepid guide and co-publisher of Namarupa along with Eddie Stern, has put together a wonderful video of the rath. He premiered it on Saturday night as part of the Broome St. Temple Ganesh Chaturthi festivities.

It’s a good preview before Monday’s chariot festival around SoHo. Enjoy. Jai Jagannath.

A few highlights:

  • About 1:20 is our other intrepid and bhakti-filled guide, Radhakunda Dasji. You can tell he’s excited to be there.
  • Over the next 20 or so seconds, you’ll catch glimpses of some of of the Krishna bhaktis with us.
  • 4:57: Hanumanji!
  • About 7:20 you get a good look at Lord Balarama “dancing” his way out of the temple.
  • About 10:45 you get a good sense of just how much effort it takes to get Jagannath up on his chariot. He isn’t going if he doesn’t want to.

The prasad shown at the end was delicious.

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