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Lord Jagannatha on University of Florida Campus


The eighth annual Orlando Rathayatra was held on Wednesday, September 7, 2022, on the distinctive location on the campus of the University of Central Florida (UCF) in Orlando, Florida.

The Rathayatra took over the attractive UCF campus and regardless of it being a weekday, a superb variety of devotees have been current in addition to many UCF college students. Devotees and well-wishers pulled Lord Jagannath’s cart by means of the streets, led by a campus police automobile. Passersby have been drawn to the procession by the sounds of the energetic kirtan and have been invited to hitch in.

The cart was introduced from 115 miles away by Dharmaraja Deva dasa and his spouse Radha-Kunda Rani devi dasi of Alachua, FL. Beautiful Deities of Lord Jagannatha, Lord Balarama, and Devi Subhadra rode majestically on Their chariot to shut out the Florida Ratha Yatra season of 2022. Previously, Their Lordships graced the Gasparilla parade in Tampa, Fl, St. Augustine, Clearwater Beach, Tallahassee Spring Parade, Daytona Beach, and Jacksonville Beach Rathayatras.

The vacation spot of this Rathayatra was the Student Union constructing in the midst of the campus. Inside the massive Pegasus Ballroom, the pageant portion of the parade started as soon as the Deities have been carried from Their chariot to the massive stage. Loud, amplified, and energetic chanting of the Hare Krsna mantra attracted college students to the ballroom. Simultaneously, whereas college students have been served scrumptious healthful scorching vegetarian lunch prasadam, the stage leisure started.

After an preliminary welcome by Bhadra dasa, our Festival of the Chariots coordinator, in addition to the Orlando ISKCON Temple President, Dvaipayana dasa, beginning this system was Radha Sharma, a pupil at UCF, whose household is from Alachua, Fl. Radha Sharma handled us to an genuine and superbly executed bharat-natyam dance.

Next, the Orlando devotee theater group offered an attractive drama. This was no extraordinary drama: it was a mime! Their tee shirts instructed us who the primary characters have been: Me, Mind and Kali. The soundtrack together with the performing gave us the image of the every day routine of “Me” and “the Mind”. They have been fairly the duo till Kali (as in Kali-yuga, our present age of quarrel and hypocrisy) arrived on the scene together with his allurements. First, an image of lovely girls. Of course, “Me” and “the Mind” fell laborious for this trick, however when Kali added the allurement of a bottle of beer issues acquired far more outrageous! Relief got here with a knocking on the door: a devotee of the Lord arrived with a duplicate of Srila Prabhupada’s Bhagavad-gita! “Me” needed the guide, however his Mind didn’t! Meanwhile, “Kali” was pushing “the Mind” to shut the guide and reject it. Clips of Srila Prabhupada’s pure phrases helped persuade “Me” to just accept the guide. Later, the devotee got here again with a bead bag for “Me” and taught him to chant. Again, “the Mind” was urged by “Kali” to not settle for this, however as an alternative distract, distract and distract. In the top, Me lastly was in a position to subdue his Mind, make it his pal and solid away the devilish Kali! Lord Krsna Himself appeared and everybody chanted Hare Krsna! Haribol! The cultural program was closed out by one other stunning efficiency of bharat-natyam dance by Orlando devotees and an lively kirtan that had everybody chanting and dancing.

More than 700 plates of prasadam have been served. The Festival of the Chariots crew ended the season with a beautiful collaboration with the Orlando devotee group, held at an attractive venue of a giant college campus!

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