Kalachandji's Hare Krishna Temple will conduct its annual Festival of Chariots. This event celebrates a remarkable story from the ancient scriptures of India, where the Lord of the Universe, Jagannatha (also known as Lord Sri Krishna) is placed on a huge cart and is pulled back to His childhood home by His dear-most servants. This same festival has been celebrated in India for thousands of years where it annually attracts millions of devotees.
The Dallas parade will leave from the front of Kalachandji's Hare Krishna Temple and proceed through the streets of East Dallas. The large, colorful cart will be lavishly decorated, with the faithful pulling the cart by ropes. In addition, devotees will be singing devotional songs (kirtan) and dancing alongside the cart throughout the parade.
The parade will end at noon in Kalachandji’s Park, which is located next to the temple grounds, and a festival will be held until 3 pm. The festival will include a free multi-course vegetarian feast from Kalachandji’s restaurant, stage entertainment, traditional Indian and Western music, dance, a drama, children’s activities, face painting, henna and more.