This year marks the Seventh Annual Hare Krishna Rathayatra and Festival of India in Baltimore, Maryland, officially proclaimed Rathayatra Day by the Mayor of Baltimore. The event will take place on Saturday, May 30th at Baltimore’s famous Inner Harbor from 12 Noon till 7pm.
Each year thousands of plates of prasadam, sanctified food, are distributed for free, along with hundreds of pieces of literature explaining the Vedic philosophy and Krishna consciousness, to passersby. Hundreds of ISKCON devotees and congregation members from as far as New York, Philadelphia, Virginia and North Carolina also make the long journey to attend this ecstatic festival. Festival goers enjoy pulling the grand chariot of Lord Jagannatha, Baladeva and Subhadra for two hours to the sound of melodious kirtan as dancing devotees sway back and forth inside a crowd of jubilant onlookers. Representatives from State Senators’, the Governors’, Mayors’, Councilmen and Delegates’ offices present Citations of Appreciation followed by an afternoon of traditional devotional music, dance and drama. And the numerous and informative multi-colored Festival of India exhibits and displays further educate the newly introduced festival attendees.
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