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Ratha Yatra Festival Rotterdam – 3 Aug ’14

Jagannath Ratha Yatra front 2014 RGB V2 ENGELS VOORKANT

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


6 Responses to Ratha Yatra Festival Rotterdam – 3 Aug ’14

  1. Raghava Pandit das July 30, 2014 at 12:53 PM #

    That’s great news! All are welcome and invited to take part in the dancing and singing the glories of Sri Jagannathdev!!!

  2. BV Damodara July 31, 2014 at 7:58 AM #

    Great effort from the devotees.Bold preaching!

  3. Swami BV Vaikhanas August 2, 2014 at 2:25 AM #

    This is so impressive. It takes a great deal of time, effort, money and most of all cooperation to put on a festival like this. Your sanga is a great example to the rest of us around the world.

    • Raghava Pandit das August 2, 2014 at 12:46 PM #

      The reports + pictures will follow soon! Too bad I can’t send you any of the loverly prasadam that’s being distributed.

  4. Vraj August 6, 2014 at 12:56 PM #

    De Rathayatra van 3 augustus in Rotterdam door onze Gaudiya familie was een stap beter te zien dan de yatra van 13 juli van Audaryadhaam in de zin dat de mensen gedragen zich vriendelijk, behulpzaam en met openheid.

    De marktkraam was goedkoper aangeboden gekregen dan van Audarya, en kon men met campinggasoven prasad in de kraam koken. Ik was blij dat Gaudiya liet de prasad ter plekke te koken en het te uitdelen met gebruik van de campinggasoven terwijl volgens Audaryadhaamse Rasalila en Narayani mataji dat niet mag en vertaalde het zich als openvuur waarvoor was ik zomaar verweten vernedert.

    Tijdens de Rathayatra blijkt er de rijst niet genoeg was en kwam een mataji naar mij toe om de rijst te koken in kraam waar ik de prasad verkropte. Gelukkig dat ik meteen vier poten rijst kon koken en klaar zetten voor de mensen die in de rij stonden. Als dat in de geval van Audarya was geweest dan was het koken in de camping gasoven (butane) was niet toegestaan. Dit verbaas me erg.

    Bovendien Sri Jaganath Baladev en Subhadra waren met respect en volgens de vedische etiquette tot stand gebracht. Dit is mijn mening.

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