Jun 30 2019
Festival of Chariot

Festival of Chariot

Presented by ISKCON BOSTON at Boston Common

An enlivening procession with ecstatic music, chanting and dancing. A beautiful scene of devotees walking and dancing their way to the Boston Common for a site celebration. The Boston Common Site will have stage performances, chanting, drama, food, exhibits, spiritual literature, meditation tent and more!!!

Every year in the summer, one of the world’s largest and oldest festivals happens in India – the Ratha Yatra. A Sanskrit phrase, “Ratha Yatra” literally translates into English as “chariot procession.” As such, three richly decorated chariots, resembling temple structures, are pulled through the streets of the small coastal town of Puri in Eastern India.

Boston chapter of the International Society of Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) located on 72 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA had been celebrating this festival for three decades now. On Sunday, June 30th a large chariot carrying the deities will make its way down Boylston Street, starting from Massachusetts Avenue and culminating at the Boston Common Park, where a cultural festival near Park Street T station will follow. The mood created will be no different from that in Puri India. The procession will be accompanied by an assortment of thunderous instruments, chanting, and dancing by Krishna devotees from all over New England.

Admission Info

FREE EVENT

Additional time info:

Schedule: 
11:30-2:00 pm Ratha Yatra Parade from 1 Cambria St (intersection of Boylston St and Mass Ave.) to Boston Common Park
02:00-2:15 pm Jagannatha arrival kirtan at Boston Common Park
02:30-2:45 pm Guest Acknowledgement
02:45-3:00 pm Suchita Rao’s bhajans
03:00-3:15 pm Kuchipudi/Odissi dance 
03:15-3:45 pm Magic Show
03:45-4:45 pm Musical Kirtan
04:45-5:00 pm Ratha Yatra Speech
05:00-6:00 pm Closing Kirtan
06:00-6:05 pm Closing words 
Delicious food will be served from 2 pm onwards.

Dates & Times

2019/06/30 - 2019/06/30

Location Info

Boston Common

Tremont and Park Street, Boston, MA 02111