ISKCON Chicago’s Hare Krishna Temple invites all residents of the Chicagoland area to its annual “Chariot Festival” on Sunday, September 17th, 2016.
This 5000 year old tradition originated in India and is now celebrated all over the world since the explosive growth of the Hare Krishna movement since the 1960s. In Chicago we have been celebrating this event for the last 40 years with thousands of people participating every year.
The Chariot Festival (traditionally known as Ratha Yatra) starts with hundreds of people pulling a 36 foot tall Chariot in which the ancient deity form of Krishna is placed. This form of Krishna is called Jagannath (the origin of the word juggernaut) and is very unique with big eyes and big smile that will melt your heart.
This Jagannath form of Krishna depicts the intense happiness experienced by God to see His dear children. Generally we visit our place of worship to see God or be in communion with God, but this is one day when God comes out of the temple to see us.
The parade and pulling of the chariot starts at 11:30 am at Daley Plaza (50 West Washington Street, Chicago). After venturing through the loop, the parade will return to Daley Plaza for a grand (and free) festival at 12:30 pm. The parade will be accompanied by ecstatic dancing and live music that will set your soul ablaze!
Food, Music and Meditation are a big part of the Hare Krishna culture and that’s what you will see at this event as well.
Hope to see you there! For questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org.