57th Annual (2023) – Festival of the Chariots (San Francisco Golden Gate Park)
Date: August 20th 2023 (Sunday).
Welcome to the 57th annual Festival of Chariots. His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, organized the first Jagannātha Ratha-yātrā festival in 1967 in San Francisco.
Jagannātha means ‘Lord of the Universe’. It is mentioned in the vedic literatures, rathe ca vamanam drstva punar janma na vidyate, “Simply by seeing the Lord on the chariot, one makes advancement for stopping the repetition of birth and death.”
Receive Lord Jagannātha’s Mercy!
Please join us in this wonderful spiritual festival of chariots and make your existence pure and sublime. You get to pull chariots, take part in a free feast, tour through exhibits, watch cultural performances, and make new friends.
Wonderful opportunity to expose children to the Vedic culture, and get Lord Jagannātha’s blessings. They can watch exhibits explaining science of reincarnation, Bhagavad-Gita, dramas depicting pastimes of Lord Krishna, dances, and devotional songs and music.
Location of parade start and end point as follows: