GUWAHATI, July 6 - Showcasing the unity in diversity that the State stands for, the Guwahati Jagannath Rathyatra-2016 that went past the arterial roads of the capital city today, strove to foster peace and unity amongst the myriad communities here.
The Guwahati Jagannath Rathyatra, an initiative of ISKCON Guwahati, highlighted the cultural richness of Assam with a message to usher in real peace.
The procession that started from the Ulubari Higher Secondary School playground, culminated at the Jagannath Cultural Complex at Six Mile after passing through Bhangagarh, Ganeshguri, Dr RP Road, Last Gate and Beltola Tiniali. Hundreds of people, old and young alike, participated in the programme chanting devotional songs.
According to the organisers, this is a wonderful festival that boosts the spirit of universal brotherhood and which instantly brings peace, prosperity and joy to anyone who wholeheartedly accepts the Supreme Lord as the Supreme Father of all living entities. �This festival is a mass movement for enlightening people about the Krishna consciousness movement. To take part in this festival is a step towards self-realisation,� said the organisers.
People from different communities of the State, dressed in their traditional dresses, performed dances. Some portions from the epics were also enacted by some artistes. Women in large numbers also took part in the procession.
Meanwhile, the Hare Krishna Movement Guwahati, celebrated its 4th annual Sri Jagannath Rathyatra at Hajo in association with the authorities of Sri Hayagriva Madhav Mandir.
People and citizens cutting across caste, creed and community took part in the festivities enthusiastically. Almost every household brought offerings for the Lordship and the festive ambience also provided an opportunity to the citizens to soak in spiritualism.
The procession highlighted the cultural treasure trove of the State, particularly focusing on the spiritual traditions. This included groups performing Harinaam-sankirtan, naam-kirtan, dhol-nritya, etc. The procession also witnessed participation of students from various educational institutions.