Ratha Yatra: A Strange but Surreal Festival

Last February 2, my friend and I went to this pretty cool Indian Festival called Ratha Yatra. The activity was organized by University of the Philippines Diliman, International Society for Krishna Consciousness, and the Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines, Inc.

Ratha Yatra Festival is a Hindu festival where devotees pull the chariot of the gods. While pulling the chariots, people are dancing, singing and chanting with the tune of this Hindu mantra:

Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare

Although the chant was sung for an hour, I never got tired of listening to it. In fact, I liked it. The main reason is that I could see the devotees singing it with pure passion and dedication to their gods.

After parading around the University grounds, we proceeded to the hall for the opening program. Outside the hall is a selling area featuring native delicacies, accessories and books from India.

The beat and the music is just a bliss! It was AWESOME!
Mr. Mahabara and wife explained to us all about the Ratha Yatra Festival. They have explained it with pure passion and joy.
The Ratha Yatra Chariot.
A Christian pulling the chariot. This is my sign of respect to their religion.

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