ISKCON Deity of Lord Jagannatha at Parade

ISKCON Participation in Parade
ISKCON Participation in Parade

CHICAGO: India is celebrating its 77th Independence Day and the President of FIA Dr. Rashmi Patel extended its warmest welcome to all participants. Among many colorful floats with the colors of Indian flag – white, orange and green were the members of the International society for Krishna Consciousness, popularly known as the Hare Krishna stood out.

The society brings a 5000 year old tradition of worship. These followers of Lord Krishna were often seen chanting and dancing for their mantra – Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare/ Hare Rama Hare Rama RamaRama Hare Hare during the 70s and 80s.

ISKCON Participation in Parade
ISKCON Participation in Parade

As the parade moved on Devon street from Western to Washtenaw, many shoppers came and out of the stores to witness the beautiful floats. The temple council member, Subala das said, “We are honored to participate in this year’s Federation of Indian Associations (FIA) parade on Devon Avenue, celebrating the Indian Independence Day.

The float also had a Deity of Lord Jagannatha. It’s customary in Indian temples to bring the Deity of Krishna on a cart or palanquin. Gajendra Moksa Das said, “Jagannatha means the Lord of the Universe. Jagannatha is another name for Krishna. Lord Jagannatha is very kind. He comes for a tour on the street to meet His children who cannot come to see Him at the temple. The devotees perform Kirtan for the pleasure of Lord Jagannatha.”

The temple priest, Lila Manjari Devidasi said, “The experience of joy through Kirtan is practical. It’s not just a religious belief or sentiment. Whoever participates in the Kirtan irrespective of their background experiences a sense of healing and calmness.” The temple also holds a free dinner with kirtan every Sunday from 5-8 pm and welcomes everyone to participate.

The parade ended on Washtenaw with a big round of applause by the FIA for all the floats.


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