It was the very first time when the transcendental chariot of Lord Jagannath appeared in the land of Newai (a township 60 kms from Jaipur, Rajasthan).
The deities of the Lord of the Universe, Lord Jagannath, His elder brother Lord Baladeva and His sister, Mother Shubhadra arrived in the special cars at the initial point where they were offered variety of prasadam (108 types). Devotees performed congregational sankirtan with thousands of people followed them. After a short festival lecture by His Grace Dayalu Nitai Prabhu and a drama by children from gurukula, the three Lords were placed in the exceptionally beautifully and elegantly decorated chariot and then the Chariot moved ahead after the devotees performed the arati.
There were a number of Kirtan Parties, People holding colorful flags, Some holding the placards of Lord Jagannath, the Hare Krishna Mahamantra and Srila Prabhupada and the women participating in the "Kalash" Procession.
We also had our Bullock Cart distributing prasadam to all the persons around.
To beat up the heat and the exhaustion, there were good enough stalls to provide water and other juice prasadams.
Thousands of people joined us, chanted and participated in the sankirtan.
The chariot journey or "Rath Yatra" after traversing through a 3-km route where again arati was performed and full -meal prasadam was distributed to all those present there.
The chariot was welcomed every where the chariot passed and it was was memorable chariot festival for us, for those who watched and for those who enjoyed the delicious mahaprasadam!!! It was an overwhelming response from the crowd and much greater event than our expectations.
All Glories to Srila Prabhupada who made it a world wide event around the globe and inspired us too for this chariot festival