Lord Jagannath Festival
Members of ISKCON Youth Forum (IYF) and several congregation devotees participated in a Jagannath Festival on 16 June. The Deities of Lord Jagannath were brought in by HG Vijay Madhava Das, a member of IYF, who choose to celebrate the appearance day his Deities in the temple with devotees.
The annual festival saw friends, family and devotees brave heavy rains on that Sunday evening to participate in the festival by bringing bhoga offering (foodstuffs, flowers and other items for offering) and rendering various services for Their Lordships.
The festivities included Chappan Bhoga offering prepared and offered by devotees and visitors laid out infront of the Deities who looked resplendent decorated with rich colorful outfits and fresh flowers. HG Devakinandan Das narrated the exchanges between Lord Jagannath and Lord Caitanya in Puri and several stories related to Lord Jagannath, the love of his devotees and his Rath yatra pastimes.
The celebration concluded with kirtan and mahaprasada for all.