Devotion & tradition shine at Adelaide’s 10th Rath Yatra Utsav

By Our Reporter
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The BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir in Adelaide celebrated its 10th Rath Yatra festival with grandeur and devotion in the heart of the Adelaide CBD. This auspicious event deeply resonated with the spiritual sentiments of thousands of attendees.

Rath Yatra, a festival cherished by Hindus for millennia, embodies prayers for divine guidance and faith, helping devotees on their spiritual journeys.

The celebrations on Sunday began with a traditional Vedic ceremony, followed by the procession of two beautifully adorned chariots. One chariot carried the murtis (divine idols) of Harikrishna Maharaj, Jagannathji, Baldevji, and Subhadraji, while the other bore the murtis of Bhagwan Swaminarayan and his disciple Gunatitanand Swami. Devotees joyously pulled these chariots by hand, accompanied by soulful devotional songs.

The 1.2-kilometre procession started at Victoria Square, traveled along King William Street, and concluded at Elders Park. Approximately 1,200 devotees and well-wishers participated, including honoured guests such as John Fulbrook MP – Member for Playford, Cr. Surender Chahal – City of West Torrens, Cr. Senthil Chidambaranathan – City of Charles Sturt, and various esteemed community leaders.

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The event’s success was bolstered by the generous support of the Adelaide City Council and South Australia Police, ensuring a seamless and memorable celebration for all.

The Rath Yatra concluded with the traditional Arti (ritual of waving lighted wicks before the deities) and prasad (sacred food offering), leaving participants with cherished memories and renewed spiritual inspiration.

Established in 1907, the BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha is a global non-governmental Hindu socio-spiritual organisation in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations. BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha reaches out to individuals through its mandirs and centres, which serve as places of worship and permanent centres of peace and reformation for people of all ages, backgrounds, and beliefs.

The BAPS Global Network comprises more than 1,100 mandirs and 3,850 centres worldwide. In Australia, BAPS has representative centres (temples) in major cities, including Canberra, Sydney, Perth, Melbourne, Adelaide, and Brisbane.

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