Grand Rath Yatra procession captivates Adelaide’s attention

By Our Reporter
Rath Yatra Celebrations: Festival of Chariots by BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Adelaide // Photo supplied

BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Green Fields, Adelaide, ignited the spirit of joy and harmony as they celebrated the annual Hindu festival of Rath Yatra with a captivating chariot procession on Saturday.

The festival, symbolising goodness, happiness, and community harmony, commenced with a traditional Vedic ceremony, followed by the grand spectacle of two exquisitely decorated chariots. One chariot carried the divine idols of Harikrishna Maharaj, Jagannathji, Baldevji, and Subhadraji, while the other bore the revered murtis of Bhagwan Swaminarayan and his disciple Gunatitanand Swami.

To the enchanting melodies of devotional songs sung by devotees, the chariots were ceremoniously pulled by hand through the streets, with the procession commencing from Hurtle Square and making its way to Hindmarsh Square, at the heart of Adelaide city.

Rath Yatra Celebrations in Adelaide // Photo supplied

The event witnessed a remarkable gathering of devotees, along with esteemed guests including MP John Fulbrook, representing Minister Zoe Bettison, Minister for Tourism and Multicultural Affairs in South Australia. Also in attendance were Cr Janet Giles from the City of Adelaide council, Cr Surendra Chahal from the West Torrens City council, Cr Jagdish Lakhani from the Campbelltown City council, Mr. Gagan Sharma, President of South Asian Network in SA Region (SANSAR), and Mr. Rajendra Pandey, President of Vishwa Hindu Parishad South Australia, HOTA Forum.

The festivities reached their crescendo with the uplifting aarti and the distribution of maha prasad, a blessed offering. As a global non-governmental Hindu socio-spiritual organization, BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha, established in 1907, holds consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.

Rath Yatra Celebrations in Adelaide // Photo supplied

With its mission to foster peace, harmony, and personal transformation, BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha operates over 1100 mandirs and 3,850 centers worldwide. In Australia, the organisation has representative centres in major cities such as Sydney, Perth, Melbourne, Adelaide, and Brisbane.

Under the inspiring leadership of the current president, His Holiness Mahant Swami Maharaj, BAPS continues to promote collective spiritual and social progress, emphasizing unity within families, among diverse communities, and across society.

The Rath Yatra celebrations in Adelaide serve as a vibrant testament to the enduring values of culture, harmony, and shared celebration embraced by the BAPS community.

Support independent community journalism. Support The Indian Sun.

Follow The Indian Sun on Twitter | InstagramFacebook


Donate To The Indian Sun

Dear Reader,

The Indian Sun is an independent organisation committed to community journalism. We have, through the years, been able to reach a wide audience especially with the growth of social media, where we also have a strong presence. With platforms such as YouTube videos, we have been able to engage in different forms of storytelling. However, the past few years, like many media organisations around the world, it has not been an easy path. We have a greater challenge. We believe community journalism is very important for a multicultural country like Australia. We’re not able to do everything, but we aim for some of the most interesting stories and journalism of quality. We call upon readers like you to support us and make any contribution. Do make a DONATION NOW so we can continue with the volume and quality journalism that we are able to practice.

Thank you for your support.

Best wishes,
Team The Indian Sun