Saranagati Ratha-Yatra

Please join us Saturday July 2 for our annual Saranagati Ratha-Yatra taking place in our beautiful scenic valley and lake.  Help pull Lord Jagannath's cart at the Ratha Yatra parade at noon and continuing at lakeside festival site park until sundown. 

  • Ecstatic Kirtans, dancing and drama
  • Old fashioned farm-style games 
  • Prasadam (delicious & free vegetarian feast)
  • Local arts & crafts and books
  • Entertainment, plays, dancing and singing
  • Evening of music and drumming by the lake
  • Stay on into the night. Camping is available.

Schedule of Events 2022

Friday July 1
5am Morning Program at the Temple
10am Seva at the Festival Site
11am Harinam in Kamloops Riverside Park
1pm Lunch Prasadam at the Temple
2pm Seva at the Festival Site continues
5pm Kirtan at the Temple with Prasadam being served outside.

Saturday July 2
5am Morning Program at the Temple
12pm Rathayatra Parade followed by festival down at Rathayatra Park

Sunday July 3
5am Morning Program at the Temple
5:30pm Sunday Feast (Location TBC)

Blue Earth Lake sawmill demonstration for those visiting devotees who are interested. We can also showcase the timbers for the new Goshala and discuss the stage it's at and how this barn will demonstrate our ability to mill our own wood, build our own barns and homes, and enclose them with local clay, straw and woodchips.  Avoiding the inflation of the industrial hardware store is achievable!  Time on Sunday to be announced.

  • We ask that you not park directly down near the pavilion unless you need to due to service for the festival or for those who are unable to make it down the hill. There is plenty of parking up top
  • Please no dogs at the festival site
  • Please make sure you and your guests understand that swimming in the lake is not being supervised.
  • Please make sure you and your guests bring water bottles. There will be water available. let’s do Mother Earth a favour and be more green.
  • Sunday Feast Program at the Festival site starting at 2pm please remember when cooking for Feast there will be lots of extra guests, so cook extra.
  • Visit our hump cows as they graze in fenced areas of Saranagati Village
  • Devotees in Vancouver area can find information about transportation options at the Vancouver Iskcon webpage

The word “yatra” means journey, or tour. For Lord Jagannatha’s ratha yatra, the means of transport for Lord Jagannatha, Balarama and Subhardra is by way of chariot, or ‘car’. This chariot vehicle is known as “ratha”.

Those who have the good fortune to view the Jagannatha deities, or who help to pull the chariots along on their ropes, are benedicted by the Lord during the ratha yatra parade.

Srila Prabhupada very simply explained the meaning of Ratha Yatra. He said that Ratha Yatra is the meditation on bringing Krishna back into our hearts.