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Festival of India Returns to Atlanta for the Annual Ratha-yatra and Pani-Hati Festival

Submitted by madhuha on Mon, 07/20/2015 - 11:55

Photos submitted by Pancha Tattva Prabhu...

Festival of India's dedicated devotees carrying the stage into the festival site.

Madhava hammering in a stake for securing the tents.

Seen above is Abhay Charan Prabhu repairing a wheel seal on Festival of India's truck, when we parked at the Atlanta Temple getting ready for the Ratha-yatra. Every year we spend literally thousands of dollars maintaining and keeping Festival of India's vehicles on the road, in safe operating condition.
Abhay Charan Prabhu, from Montreal, is the devotee who designed and built the Ratha-yatra chariots that get used at most of the Ratha-yatras in North Americe today. Abhay Charan was part of the original TRYP (Traveling Ratha-yatra Party) that was stated in 1979. After assembling/working on the original wooden carts that were used in the 70s and 80s, Abhay designed some very special chariots, made from Aluminum that can be assembled--made ready for the parade in less than two hours. The old wooden chariots required about 10 men and several days to build and take apart.

Jaya Jagannatha! Hare Krishna

MahaPrabhu in the Ratha-yatra. Hare Krishna.

Festival of India's Veteran Sound Engineer Leading the way at the Atlanta Ratha-yatra.

Premanjana Prabhu preparing Pizza for the crew. HAre KRishna

Premanjana Prabhu distributing Pizza to the devotees.

Isvara Prabhu and Madhava Prabhu blissfully chanting Hare Krishna at the 2015 Atlanta Ratha-yatra

Lord Jagannatha, His Brother Baladev, and Their Sister Lady Subhadra enter the vehicle that will take Them to Their Chariot.

Ready to go to Their Ratha-yatra. Hare Krishna

Everyone is ecstatic, the magic is in the chanting of Hare Krishna.

This is what we do.

Everyone has something to offer.

Vaisnavis KI Jaya! Hare Krishna Mantra Ki Jaya!

Visvambar Prabhu inspiring eeryone, Harinam Sankirtan ki jaya!

Jagannatha Seva, if you have a chance to get some, please don't pass it up. Hare Krishna.

Above, Sruti KIrti Prabhu telling pastimes and of his experience of being Srila Prabhupada's personal servant for so many years. The whole weekend was packed with dramatic dance perfomances; ecstatic kirtans; sumptuous prasadam; enlightening classes. Hearing Sruti Kirti Prabhu speak about Srila Prabhupada was certainly most inspiring and heart-warming to hear about how Srila Prabhupada lived. If you have not already seen it, please visit

Pani-Hati prasadam distribution--everyone got plenty.

Sri Krishna Prasadam KI Jaya!