BY JEYANTHY PILLAI
KLANG, MALAYSIA – For the first time in Klang, the children of “Gopal’s Fun School”, ISKCON KLANG (Hare Krishnas) will be celebrating a mini Ratha Yatra on the 27th July 2008.
It promises a day of colour and fun in Teluk Pulai where a small chariot will be pulled from their centre to Taman Melawis, accompanied by a colourful children singing, chanting and dancing their way along the route.
The ancient ceremony originates in Jagannatha Puri in India. The festival marks the return of Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra and Goddess Subhadra to their home Vrindavan after a long gap. According to puranas, Jagannath is the reincarnation of Lord Krishna who along with his elder brother Balabhadra or Balaram and sister Subhadra are worshiped in the Puri temple known as Shrimandira.
The name of Lord Jagannath is a culmination of two words “Jagat” means universe and “nath” means Lord. So Jagannath means Lord of the universe.
Everyone is invited to come and experience this wonderful journey as our chariot travels through the neighbouring area.
The chariot will be leaving the Hare Krishna centre in Klang at 5.30pm. Children are encourged to make their offerings of fruits, flowers or incense on a try to their Lordships. For more info, please call HG Kalidas or HG Ram Gopinath at the Iskcon Klang Centre, at 012-6342464 / 012-3179206. The centre is located at 20 Lorong Besi 4, Off Jln Teluk Pulai, 41100 Klang.
To avoid roadworks near the Klang bridge, those travelling from Kuala Lumpur are encouraged to use the KESAS highway.