May 19th, 2018 Rathayatra Parade in Downtown Winston Salem . Starts at 11 AM from Pilot View and N Broad St, ends at Winston Square Park.

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Welcome to the Ratha Yatra NC – Festival of Chariots and Festival of India

On Saturday, May 19th 2018 ISKCON NC presents Festival of the Chariots (Ratha Yatra) parade down the streets of Winston Salem.

  • The procession begins promptly at 11:00 am from Pilot view and N Broad St. Please check parade route map here.

  • Following the 1.1 mile parade, a grand celebration awaits the crowd, including an exhibition showcasing India´s spirituality and culture.

  • Festival site is Winston Square Park.

  • Visitors can expect an event filled with colorful floats, traditional costumes, Hindu rituals, unique music, and dramas.

  • The whole family will enjoy exploring the unique cultural, educational displays and exhibitions, cooking demonstrations,as well as a COMPLIMENTARY feast, revealing the spiritual heart of India.

Don’t Miss Kirtan Yoga Fest Debuting At The Festival Of Chariot This Year.

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Replications of this festival take place all over the world, including in London, New York City, Los Angeles and Toronto .

  • Over one million people participate in this thousands year-old Indian celebration, so don’t miss out on the FREE opportunity to learn about the fascinating culture of India .
  • Everyone is invited to bring their family and friends to experience this extraordinary event and commemorate in an ancient tradition. All are welcome and admission is FREE.


Hare Krishna, We appreciate your continuous generous support for the Annual Rathyatra Festival. There are many ways to support the Annual Rathyatra Festival. Your kind donations will help support the distribution of thousands of plates of a grand vegetarian feast free to all who come to the Festival of Chariots. The festival provides hours of entertainment and endless exhibits. If you would like to be part of this magnificent event, please click here for donation opportunities. The devotees of the Lord appreciate your support.
Donate Raw Material to the Free Food Feast!

Rathayatra NC invites the community members to take this great opportunity to participate in the free food (Prasadam) distribution by donating a bag of rice, Can of milk, Urad Dal, Tamarind Packets, Ghee Bottles or your choice from a list of accepted items. Your donation helps us to distribute a free vegetarian feast. This is a great way to obtain the mercy of Their Lordships Jagannath, Baladev, Subhadra. Please submit the form at this link and Contact us to find out how you can support the free vegetarian feast.

Perform Arati of Lord Jagannath, Baldev and Subhadra devi!
The minimum pledge amount of $100.

Chera Pahanra (Mopping the Chariot Platform)
Chera Pahara - the Ceremonial Sweeping is the most significant ritual associated with the Ratha-Yatra. . During the festival, the   Gajapati King wears the outfit of a sweeper and sweeps all around the deities and chariots in the Chera Pahara (sweeping with water) ritual.  He  cleanses the road with a broom (gold-handled) and sprinkles sandalwood water and powder. His action bridges the gap between the rich and the poor, the low caste and the high caste and sends out the very important message of dignity of labour.

This ritual signified that under the lordship of Jagannath, there is no distinction between the powerful sovereign Gajapati King and the most humble devotee.  Chera Pahara conveys the message that every individual is equal for Lord Jagannath, no matter he/she is rich or poor. In today’s context the person who performs Chera Pahara is considered to be the really blessed ones.

It is because King of Puri is regarded as Vishnu and to witness the king along with Lord Jagannath on chariots is believed that all sins of a devotee are washed away.
The minimum pledge amount of $1000.

Other Donations are appreciated.

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