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Devotion, Dance Punctuate Jagannath Rath Yatra

Devotion, Dance Punctuate Jagannath Rath Yatra

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Report By: SIMON MULI

The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) holds an annual chariot festival, dubbed the ‘Lord Jagannath Rath Yatra Procession.’ This year, the colourful event took place on 9th June.

According to ISKCON, the significance of the Yatra is that it is believed on the day, the Lord of the Universe personally comes out to bless everyone, as opposed to the normal practice which sees devotees visit holy places to see Him and invoke his blessings.

Devotees flocked the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC), Nairobi, to begin the procession that would make its way through the central business district, before culminating at the Hare Krishna Temple in Ngara.

As the massive colourful chariot was pulled through the streets, followers chanted and danced for the Lord; “Hare Krishna Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna Hare Hare, Hare Rame Hare Rama, Rama Rama Hare Hare,” they chanted.

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