JAMMU, FEB 3: Thousands of devotees drawn from all walks of life participated in the impressive Rath Yatra of Lord Shree Jagannath Ji, which was taken out here today. The Yatra, which started from City Palace Kachi Chawni, was organized by Shree Jagannath Rath Yatra Committee, Jammu.
Thousands of people drawn from different parts of Jammu participated in the Rath Yatra. MLA East Rajesh Gupta, MLA West Sat Sharma, Shree Jagannath Rath Yatra President Vikram Malhotra, Rajan Bhan, General Secretary, Nitai Das, President ISKCON Temple Dream City Muthi, Rajinder Manhas, District President PDP Jammu Urban, ISKCON Temple President from Katra Sudershan Das, ISKCON Temple President from Amritsar Indra Anuj Das, ISKCON Temple President from Udhampur Kunti Devi Dassi and many others were present during the yatra. Navayogendra Maharaj performed the ‘aarti’ ceremony for the pleasure of the Lord of the Universe.
Shri Jagannath Ashtakam (Praises of the Lord composed by Adi Shankaracharya) was led by Maharaj ji, which was followed by the entire congregation present. The Rath was being pulled by devotees. With the blowing of conch shells and loud uproar of Hare Krishna Sankirtan, their Lordships happily proceeded for the procession which included various kirtan parties. The children of ‘Gurukul’ from ISKCON Temple Udhampur performed Hari Krishna sankirtan. The people en-route served sweet water and fruits to devotees who participated in the Yatra.
The yatra started from Kachi Chawni in the afternoon and passed through Parade, Shalamar, City Chowk, Raghunath Bazaar, Hari Market, Indira Chowk, Gummat, Vinayak Bazar, Canal Road, Talab Tillo, Bohri and finally culminated near Kashmir Hills Resort, Patta Borhi, Jammu late in the evening. The devotees enroute were chanting bhajans and singing songs in praise of Lord Jagannath.
“The pulling of Rath (Cart) during the Rath Yatra procession by the devotees symbolized the attempt of the residents of Vrindavan to bring Krishna, Balarama and Subdhara back to Vrindavan from Kurukshetra. The devotees of ISKCON believe that pulling the rope of the Chariot also signifies trying to bring Krishna (the supreme Lord) back to their heart”, said Rath Yatra President, Vikram Malhotra.