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Thousands at Rath Yatra (Festival of Chariots) 2022 in Novi, Michigan

July 2022

The Rath Yatra (Festival of Chariots) organized by ISKCON Detroit and held at Novi, MI on Sunday July 17th was a huge success.  The outdoor event was back on track after COVID related impact the last couple of years with thousands of enthusiastic participants.

The Festival of Chariots, one of India's most ancient and popular festivals, is celebrated today in hundreds of cities worldwide.  The Rath Yatra festival in Detroit first began in 1985 and continues to enthrall thousands of participants. The 40-foot tall hand-pulled chariot drew a lot of attention on Novi streets.  The chariot was colorfully decorated and pulled by Lord Krishna’s devotees for a few miles.  Visitors also enjoyed shopping at a number of booths offering Indian cuisine, jewelry and fashions. 

The popular annual event was organized by ISKCON Detroit Free prasad (food) was served to all.  Face painting, dance performance, yoga and meditation classes were other attractions.

Chants of “Hare Rama, Hare Krishna” rang loud throughout the chariot ride. While it was a warm and humid day, it helped that it was a rain-free day despite forecasts for all day rain. A helicopter flew overhead and showered the Rath (Chariot) with flowers. 

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