Grand Rath Yatra procession captivates Adelaide’s attention

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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.


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