The first Ratha-yatra was held 5,000 years before, when Krishna, Balarama and Subhadra came from Dwaraka to Kuruksetra. Similarly, Jagannath, Baladev and Subhadra Ratha-Yatra is being observed in Jagannath Puri from time immemorial. In the Sankirtan movement started by Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, conducting Ratha Yatra is a very integral part of the movement. In the same tradition, Srila Prabhupada introduced this Ratha-yäträ festival in the western world for the first time in San Francisco in the year 1967, which is now conducted in all the major cities of the world.
In the Brahmäëòa Puräëa it is said, rathe ca vamanam drstva punar janma na vidyate, “A person who sees the Lord’s Ratha-yäträ car festival and then stands up to receive the Lord can purge all kinds of sinful results from his body.”
A similar statement is there in the Bhaviñya Puräëa, in which it is said, “Even if born of a lowly family, a person who follows the Ratha-yäträ car when the Deities pass in front or from behind will surely be elevated to the position of achieving equal opulence with Viñëu.”
For the pleasure of Their Lordships Sri Sri Krishna Balarama and Sri Sri Nitai Gauranga we will be celebrating Krishna Balarama Ratha Yatra in a small way within the temple campus on 21st February, Sunday.
Celebrations will begin in the evening from 4pm onwards. Request devotees to come and participate in the Ratha yatra and receive the blessings of The Lord.
You can offer the following sevas on the occasion of Sri Sri Krishna Balaram Ratha Yatra