Ratha Yatra Returns to Ludhiana, Punjab
By ISKCON News Staff | Jan 01, 2022
Last Sunday marked the return of the annual Krishna Balarama chariot pageant (Rath Yatra) in Ludhiana – a thriving enterprise metropolis 250 km from India’s capital -New Delhi. One of the largest Ratha Yatra festivals within the ISKCON world, the occasion attracted tons of of 1000’s of devotees as they pulled the chariots amidst the prayerful chanting of the Hare Krishna mahamantra.
The Honourable Chief Minister of the Punjab state, Mr. Charanjit Singh Channi, presided because the chief visitor. This was a major occasion since this was first time that the Chief Minister of Punjab had appeared because the Chief Guest on this historic pageant, which has been one of many highlights of town which brings collectively individuals of assorted communities and traditions.
This yr’s Krishna Balarama Ratha Yatra acquired intensive protection within the mainstream media. Commenting on the actions of ISKCON worldwide, as reported by the Hindustan Times and the Times of India native editions; “the Chief Minister declared the ‘Ratha Yatra’ as a state pageant”.
As per dependable sources, it has been advised that this transfer might probably see the Punjab Government declaring a vacation on the day of the Ratha Yatra sooner or later. During his speech, the Chief Minister commented that “For inner peace, I’ve been reciting one shloka of Bhagavad Gita every day for final 25 years!”
ISKCON is constructing a wonderful temple in Ludhiana and is anticipated to be inaugurated in a yr. The Chief Minister declared that the Punjab Government will donate Rs. 2.5 Crores in the direction of the completion of this ISKCON challenge, which might be known as the Glory of Punjab Temple Project.