Events

ISKCON Boston Ratha Yatra 2019

Please join us for a wonderful cultural festival of Sri Jagannatha Ratha Yatra (Festival of Chariots) on Sunday, June 30, starting at 11:30 am at Boylston Street and Cambria St, 100ft away from Massachusetts Ave. For GPS: 1 Cambria Street Boston, MA

Subway Stations closest to the start point:
Green Line – Hynes Convention Center (1-2 minutes walking)
Green Line – Prudential or Symphony (4-5 minutes)
Orange Line – Massachusetts Ave (10 minutes)
Orange line – Back Bay (12-15 minutes)

An enlivening procession with ecstatic music, chanting and dancing. A beautiful scene of devotees walking and dancing their way to the Boston Common for a site celebration.

The Boston Common Site will have stage performances, chanting, drama, food, exhibits, spiritual literature, meditation tent and more!!!

Every year in the summer, one of the world’s largest and oldest festivals happens in India – the Ratha Yatra. A Sanskrit phrase, “Ratha Yatra” literally translates into English as “chariot procession.” As such, three richly decorated chariots, resembling temple structures, are pulled through the streets of the small coastal town of Puri in Eastern India.

Boston chapter of the International Society of Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) located on 72 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA had been celebrating this festival for three decades now. On June 30th a large chariot carrying the deities will make its way down Boylston Street, starting from Massachusetts Avenue and culminating at the Boston Common Park, where a cultural festival near Park Street T station will follow.

The mood created will be no different from that in Puri, India. The procession will be accompanied by an assortment of thunderous instruments, chanting, and dancing by Krishna devotees from all over New England.

11:30-2:00 pm Ratha Yatra Parade from 1 Cambria St (intersection of Boylston St and Mass Ave.) to Boston Common Park
02:00-2:15 pm Jagannatha arrival kirtan
02:15-2:45 pm Beginning kirtan
02:45-2:55 pm Band performance
02:55-3:25 pm Significance of Ratha Yatra
03:25-4:10 pm Kids performance
04:10-4:20 pm Acknowledgements
04:20-4:45 pm Odissi dance
04:45-5:50 pm Kirtan
05:50-6:00 pm Closing words

Delicious food will be served from 2 pm onwards.

Sponsorship Opportunities:

Feast – $1008.00
Flower Decorations – $501.00
Cart Decorations – $501.00

(partial or any small donation is acceptable)

Parking Information: ISKCON offers discounted parking rates at the following parking garages

Boston Common Garage: $10
Please pick up validation tickets at Guest Reception Tent.

Kids Activities
Family-Friendly Attractions for Children

Tadpole Playground with splash water (adjacent to the festival tent)
Frog pond (adjacent to the festival tent)
Ride on a Carousel (adjacent to the festival tent)
Play Frisbee on the Common (adjacent to the festival tent)
Visit the Ducklings in the Public Garden (5 mins walk from the festival tent)
Ride on Boston’s Swan Boats (5 mins walk from the festival tent)

For any queries/information: Vanamali Pandit Dasa: 857-445-1112 or vanamali@iskconboston.org

ISKCON Ottawa Kirtan Yoga with the Walking Monk 2019

This time we’re expecting a special guest, Bhaktimarga Swami (aka Walking Monk) THE WALKING MONK – Bhaktimarga Swami

• About the event
We invite you to join us for the unforgettable evening of sublime Kirtan Yoga.

Whether you feel stressed, tired of the same old routine, want to improve relationships, feel unheard and lonely, or just curious about new things, want to make new friends, experience a peaceful environment and want to expand your definition of yoga, you can expect an incredible evening of live spiritual music (kirtan).

Kirtan-yoga is musical Mantra Meditation, and is a form of devotional chanting, form of bhakti-yoga (yoga of devotion or love), and has the power to transform the heart.

• What to bring
Enthusiasm

• Important to know
Everyone can participate for free. Donations are welcome.
Please feel free to bring your family and friends, it is open for everyone!
A vegetarian meal will be served after the session.