The ISKCON Kolkata Rath Yatra festival turned 46 this year. Started in 1972 by Jagatguru Srila Prabhupada, the ISKCON Rath Yatra Kolkata presently is the second largest Rath Yatra festival in the world. Every year, thousands of people from different parts of the world visit Kolkata during the months of June and July to witness the grandeur of this festival.
According to the Hindu Mythology, the Rath Yatra festival marks the journey of Lord Jagannath to His birthplace and aunt’s place along with His brother Balarama and sister Subhadra. Thousands of devotees irrespective of caste and religion join the journey with lots of joy and happiness.
The chief attractions of the ISKCON Kolkata Rath Yatra festival are the three chariots build in the form of temples. These chariots carry the three Hindu deities – Jagannath, Balarama and Subhadra. The journey starts from the Radha Govinda Temple located at Albert Road, Kolkata. And it ends at the Brigade Ground. To have Darshan of Lord Jagannath, touching the chariots or the ropes of the chariots are considered to be auspicious!
In this photo story, Sandipan Mukherjee, a photographer from Kolkata has perfectly presented the splendour of the ISKCON Kolkata Rath Yatra festival!
About the ISKCON Kolkata Rath Yatra Project
About his ISKCON Rath Yatra Kolkata project, Sandipan says, “This project is regarding a short documentation of ISKCON Rath Yatra Kolkata. This esteemed procession of the Chariots of three Hindu deities in Kolkata has been successfully acclaimed since the last 45 years. Usually, this procession starts from Albert Road, Minto Park, Kolkata and ends at the Brigade Ground Maidan close to Park Street, Kolkata. Thousands of people take part in this procession. Many cultural activities are being carried out throughout the procession. Devotees can also be seen chanting ‘Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare, Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare.’ I have an affinity for Black and White works. I have tried my best to present this project on ISKCON Kolkata Rath Yatra in Black and White.”
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