ISKCON Bangalore celebrates Ratha Yatra of Sri Sri Krishna Balarama every year. Their Lordships come out in the evening and ride on a chariot.
Online PR News – 16-January-2020 – Bangalore, Karnataka – Ratha Yatra, the Festival of Chariots, is celebrated originally in Jagannath Puri (Odisha) from time immemorial. Srila Prabhupada, the founder-acharya of ISKCON introduced this Ratha Yatra festival in ISKCON centers around the world. He said, “If you participate in these chariot festivals and see the Deities riding on these chariots, you will go back home, back to Godhead at the end of this life.”
Our Ratha (chariot) is a perfect fusion of modern technology and ancient tradition. In spite of its traditional looks, it has several state-of-the-art features like air brakes and a steering wheel having a very good suspension which makes it feasible to traverse even over long distances by just replacing its wheels with tyres. The canopy of this Ratha is another unique feature, which, with the help of an electric motor can be moved vertically upwards or downwards. The height of this Ratha is about 26 ft from the ground level when the canopy is fully lifted. The Ratha has a hundred and ten feet long sturdy rope on either side of it (one for men and the other for women) making it possible for about 500 persons to pull it at a time.