T his year was the 6th year of Sri Jagannath Ratha Yatra at Jamsherdpur. Way back in the year 2007 Namahatta devotees in Jamshedpur at Navjeevan Complex Baridih organized ISKCON Ratha Yatra. A small group of ISKCON devotees along with Amritmadhab Das & Manjarishree Devi Dasi helped in the festival. Since then every year the festival has grown, and now has become the largest festival of Jamshedpur.
This year RathaYatra was celebrated for 2 days at Agrasen Bhawan, Sakchi, and nearly 300 Namahatta devotees from west Bengal & Orissa participated. More than 5000 local devotees gathered during the festival. Rasamay Ananda Krishna Das managed the whole Yatra expertly. Jagannath katha & kirtan enchanted the public. During the Ratha Yatra there was heavy downpour from the sky, but the devotees danced in Rain on the street of Sakchi chanting the Hare Krishna Mahamantra in ecstasy, this enthusiasm mesmerized the people of Jamshedpur. The Mahaprasada was distributed all along the road during the festival, and feast prasada was distributed to all once Lord Jagannath reached his destination.