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  • Chariot Festival (Ratha Yatra)

    Due to Major Plumbing Issue at the temple Ratha Yatra on Saturday, June 17,2017 is cancelled

     Until Further Notice!!

  • Claim your copy of “Beyond Birth & Death” at the Festival welcome table…

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    Come, Celebrate the Festival of Chariots 2016 featuring Gaura Vani!

     

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Event Highlights

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    Meditation Workshop with Meditation Kit

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    Pull the 36 feet Chariot at the Parade

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    Vegetarian food available for all attendees

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    Ask Questions & Receive Wisdom from our Sages

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    Gift Store & Ancient Books in multiple languages

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    Chanting & Dancing in tune with Spiritual Vibes

  • What is the Chariot Festival?

     

    ISKCON Chicago’s Hare Krishna Temple invites all residents of the Chicagoland area to its annual “Chariot Festival” on Saturday, September 17th, 2016.

    This 5000 year old tradition originated in India and is now celebrated all over the world since the explosive growth of the Hare Krishna movement since the 1960s. In Chicago we have been celebrating this event for the last 40 years with thousands of people participating every year.

    The Chariot Festival (traditionally known as Ratha Yatra) starts with hundreds of people pulling a 36 foot tall Chariot in which the ancient deity form of Krishna is placed. This form of Krishna is called Jagannath (the origin of the word juggernaut) and is very unique with big eyes and big smile that will melt your heart.

    This Jagannath form of Krishna depicts the intense happiness experienced by God to see His dear children. Generally we visit our place of worship to see God or be in communion with God, but this is one day when God comes out of the temple to see us.

    The Harinam parade starts at 02:00 PM at Butler Field. After venturing through Michigan Ave, the parade will come to Daley Plaza for a grand (and free) festival at 03:00 pm. The parade will be accompanied by ecstatic dancing and live music that will set your soul ablaze!

    Food, Music and Meditation are a big part of the Hare Krishna culture and that’s what you will see at this event as well.

    Hope to see you there! For questions, email info@iskconchicago.com.

Paid Parking near Daley Plaza:

Parade Route (Subject to Change)