Bengal: Iskcon Rath Yatra goes digital, will cover 6 continents in 24 hours tomorrow
Amid the Covid-19 pandemic, the Rath Yatra of The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (Iskcon) has decided to go digital.
While devotees are heartbroken as there will no Rath Yatra this year, Iskcon Mayapur has launched a unique initiative to celebrate the occasion with the worldwide community of devotees using digital innovation. Named as ‘Mercy on Wheels’, the digital yatra will cover six continents in 24 hours on June 23 and June 24.
As part of arrangements, the authorities have opened an online portal where devotees, who wish to be a part of the yatra, will have to register themselves, following which they will receive a code.
A day prior to the event, devotees will be informed of all details regarding the same. On June 23, through the link provided to them, people can be a part of the digital yatra.
A total of 108 Iskcon community leaders will take charge of pulling the e-rathas, bringing the Lord into the houses of devotees all over the world. Each ratha would take with it 200 devotees.
Devotees will be connected via video communications and asked to offer prayers.
The celebrations will begin at 8 am with the Pau- handi celebrations, a ritual marking the beginning of the Rath Yatra. After initial celebrations are over within 90 minutes, the temple management will address and welcome devotees.
The yatra will begin at 10 am and continue till 7.30 am the next day covering six continents.
Devotees who are unable to book their slots will have the opportunity to view the entire process on digital media.