GUWAHATI, July 13 - The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) is organising the Guwahati Jagannath Rathyatra 2015 with a colourful programme from July 18 to 26 as per the schedule observed at Puri Jagannath in Odisha, a press release said.
As part of the festival, a workshop will organised among the indigenous tribal people of North-East to enhance awareness on health, education and emotion, etc.
The festival, which is celebrated all over the world, was started by Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the founder acharya of ISKCON.
On July 18, the Rathayatra procession will start from the playground of the Ulubari Higher Secondary School (near SB Deorah College) and will culminate at the proposed Jagannath temple-cum-cultural complex at Jayanagar, Beltola, after passing through Bhangagarh, GS Road, Ganeshguri, Dr RP Road, Last Gate, Beltola-Basistha Road and Beltola Tiniali.
During this nine-day festival, the main attraction, apart from bhajan-kirtan, arati and Harinam sankirtan, will be a yajna at the campus of the proposed Jagannath temple at Jayanagar from July 19 to 25, during which the Srimad Bhagavat Katha will be delivered by Lai Govinda Das, a senior devotee of ISKCON, Boriveli, Mumbai.
Ahead of the festival, a four-day programme of nagar kirtan will be held from July 14 to 17 from 4.30 pm to 6.30 pm in different areas of the city, where about 24 foreign devotees of different countries are expected to participate, besides local devotees and congregation members.
All the devotees of ISKCON Guwahati and celebration committee members invite the people of the North-East to participate in the festival, the release added.