October 8th, 2017 Rathayatra Parade in Downtown Morrisville . Starts at 10 AM close from Morrisville Firestation at 200 TownHall dr, Morrisville.

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

On Sunday, October 8th 2017 ISKCON New Goloka NC presents their annual Festival of the Chariots (Ratha Yatra) parade down the streets of Morrisville.

  • The procession begins promptly at 10:00 am close from Morrisville Firestation. Please check parade route map here.

  • Following the 2 mile parade, a grand celebration awaits the crowd, including an exhibition showcasing India´s spirituality and culture.

  • Festival site will be held at Morrisville’s new Church Street Park.

  • The festival site will feature 20-plus tents with various forms of entertainment, lunch, dancing, live music, shopping, henna, Vedic culture and arts, and many more kid activities.

  • 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.


Ratha Yatra literally means Chariot Festival. Ratha Yatra originated over 2,000 years ago in the ancient city of Jagannatha Puri India in the state of Orrisa. The festival celebrates Lord Krishna’s return to Vrindavan in response to the longings of his most intimate devotees. Sri Krishna, his brother Balaram and sister Subhadra are brought from Their temple and placed upon three large, gorgeous chariots which are pulled by devotees, accompanied by melodious chanting of the Lords Holy Names. Millions of people from around the world descend upon of Jagannath Puri every year to celebrate this colorful and ecstatic festival.

Ratha Yatra was first performed outside of India on July 9, 1967 in San Francisco under the supervision of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the founder-acarya of the International Society of Krishna Consciousness. Today the Festival of Chariots is held in more than one hundred locations around the world.

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