The Ratha Yatra (“Wagon Festival”) is a festival from Jagannatha Puri (India) where it has been celebrated since hundreds of years. Since the 1967 – when Shrila Prabhupada inspired the first Ratha Yatra outside of India in San Fransisco – the Ratha Yatra has been taking place all over the world. You can find a video from last year’s Ratha Yatra in Berlin here. You can read more about the Ratha Yatra here.
For the Ratha Yatra the deities of Jagannatha, Balarama and Subhadra Devi leave the temple to drive through the city on a wagon – accompanied by music and joyful dancing.
The Ratha Yatra starts and ends at Brandenburger Gate.
Start: 11:30 a.m.
starting from 3 p.m.: stage program with dance, music and a vegan/vegetarian feast at Brandenburger Tor
Special guests this year:
Kadamba Kanana Swami
Indradyumna Swami – maybe spontaneously
- The closest public transport station is S+U Brandenburger Tor. The following go through there:
S-Bahn S1, S2, S25
Bus 100, 200, TXL
You can find your most convenient connection at www.bvg.de
- You can park your car on the Strasse des 17. Junis or in a parking house at Potsdamer Platz (from there you can walk to the Brandenburger Gate in 10 minutes). The parking spaces in the middle and the sides of Strasse des 17. Junis are mostly free of charge and without a time limit (but please check carefully – this changes shortly before Brandenburger Gate).
- We meet at 11.30 a.m. at Pariser Platz directly behind (or before – depending from which direction you look) the Brandenburger Gate.
The ceremonial inauguration of the festival starts at 11.45 o’clock.
The parade starts at 12 a.m.
- Remember: this event will take place outside – depending on the weather you may need sun screen or an umbrella.
We look forward to seeing you there!