Yatra Celebrations – Festival of Chariots
The Rath Yatra (Festival of Chariots) was celebrated on Saturday 1 July 2006 at the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Neasden, London.
A beautifully decorated rath with the image of Bhagwan Swaminarayan had been prepared. Following the Vedic poojan ceremony and a short talk on the festival by Shrihari Swami, the rath was pulled by hand around the Mandir complex to the singing of bhajans first by sadhus, then by the devotees.
After circling the Mandir five times, the devotees ended the festival with a dance.
In the evening assembly, sadhus spoke of the significance of the festival