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We are very pleased to cordially invite you to the Ratha Yatra festival in Rotterdam on the 3rd of August 2014

By the divine mercy of His Divine Grace
Sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja, Sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada and all of our Rupanuga Guru Varga, we are able to organise this Festival in Rotterdam, Holland.

Our special guests will be Sriman Brajanatha Prabhu and
Sripad Bhaktivedanta Srauti Maharaja


The theme of the festival we organized this year will be “Unity and Peace.” Lord Jagannatha is the Lord of the universe (Jagat: universe, Nath: Lord). It is a name of God, the owner and controller of the universe.

Due to man’s propensity to consider himself the owner of everything, and because man makes decisions which serve his personal interests, while disregarding the interest of the whole, we are now living in a chaotic world. Because of this, there is little unity, peace and cooperation to be found. Continuously, there are conflicts and dualities. On a material level, there can be many contrasts within the fields of nationality, religion, gender, race, man-animal-nature, etc.
In actuality it means that we are speaking about external things, the outside. The inner part of all living beings however, is the same, because at that level we are all spirit souls, parts of God. On a deeper level of reality, the designations that are sticking to us concerning our bodily or ideological differences, lose their validity. On that level we are able to work together nicely, full of respect and love for each other. Then we shall view everything with the eyes of knowledge, the deepest reality. As one spiritual master once said: “There is no scarcity of anything in this world except for God consciousness.”
If we do not keep in mind the whole however, we shall do the right thing on the one hand, but still commit mistakes on the other hand, often without realizing this. This is due to our relative thinking.
At the Ratha-Yatra festival, where the Lord of the universe is celebrated and which this time around carries the motto ‘unity and peace’, we can do our best to give shape to this aim.
We cordially invite you to share this festival with others and to set aside the differences and conflicts for at least one day per year, to experience what true unity and peace means.


Assemble at BinnenRotte-Blaak, time 13.00. Program lasts til 19.00.
Route: Blaak, BinnenRotte, Hoogstraat, Mariniersweg, Goudsesingel, Oostplein, Burgemeester van Walsumweg. Final destination: Blaak BinnenRotte.

Stage program:

  • Berrie Damrie Bhajan group
  • Dancing academy Trishul led by Asha Bhoelai
  • Baithak Gana Group Saagar Sangeet Samaadj
  • Shailendra Bhoelai Rockband dedicated to Krishna
  • Bhakti Kirtangroup featuring a.o.: Dymphi Adriaanse, Ruben, Abhiram Das,
  • Ashok Krsna Das, Mamata dasi, Rasalila dasi
  • Hatha & Ashtanga Yoga Demonstration

At the Binnenrotte you will find plenty of stands offering a variety of things such as delicious vegetarian dishes, vegetarian cheeses and food education, as well as an Indian boutique, Incredible India, Foodcare, Mehndi, Jewelry, Veggie4U, Sweets, Beauty salon, Vedic literature, Music and Ayurveda. There will also be a special tent for the children featuring a storyteller, face painting and a Balloon clown.
There will be a workshop Vedic Cooking and Tuina massage

Free vegetarian meal will be provided

It is a wonderful opportunity for preaching, singing, dancing and to join with God brothers and sisters.
Please join us, share your voices, energy and enthusiasm. We would be delighted and encouraged by your participation and association.


Questions or those who want to assist, apply to Ashok Krishna
Dasa: 0624629401 / Acutananda Dasa 0657593912


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