On January 6th, 2018, Radhanath Swami led 150,000 devotees in the Jagannath Ratha Yatra celebrations in Sivaji Park, Mumbai.
Jagannath Ratha Yatra, the traditional chariot festival of Lord Jagannath (Lord Krishna), is celebrated every year by millions of people at Puri, India. Srila Prabhupada introduced the celebration to the Western World in 1967 through the first Ratha Yatra held in San Francisco. Januarys Rathayatra in Mumbai was attended by Shyamsundar Das, one of Srila Prabhupada’s earliest followers, who was instrumental in organizing the first Rath Yatra in San Francisco. Today Ratha Yatra is celebrated in cities throughout the world.
The chariot was pulled through the streets to the iconic Shivaji Park grounds, where thousands of park-goers were greeted by exhibits, cultural performances and dramas. After Radhanath Swami delivered his talk on the meaning of Ratha Yatra to the tens of thousands who had gathered, Shyamsundar Das launched his book ‘Chasing Rhinos with the Swami’, a chronicle of his spiritual adventures with Srila Prabhupada at the dawn of the Hare Krishna movement.