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The Festival of Chariots

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by Madhumita Thakur (subscribe)
Freelance writer & journalist in the fields of lifestyle, technology and entertainment.
Festival of Chariots is a community event which celebrates the religious and social aspects of life. Also known as Rath Yatra, this is one of most celebrated festivals in India.

Organised by the Hare Krishna temple authorities, the Festival of Chariots will kick start on 12th February 2012 from 12 noon. As part of Hindu religion Lord Krishna's chariot is paraded during mid-summer to signify his vacation period. Traditionally this parade continues for a period of nine days, after which the idol of Lord Krishna is taken back to the temple. However in Melbourne, we will get to see a mini version of the real chariot parade which will last for about an hour and half.

This event would take place during the last day of St. Kilda Festival on Sunday 12th of February. The chariot parade will commence at 12 noon from the corner of Beaconsfield Parade and Fitzroy St. You can check out this location in this map.

Apart from this, you can also enjoy some stage programs and events from 10am to 9pm in the Vedic Village site and treat yourself to the much famous sumptuous Hare Krishna meal. This meal is a vegetarian preparation which is made karma-free (food which is obtained from nature without harming anyone) . And if you fall in love this food, then enjoy some classes on Vegetarian food by celebrated chef Kurma Dasa. You can also indulge yourself in the body art and face painting sessions and bring out the artist in you.

This area is easily accessible by public transports like trams and taxis. So bring along your friends and family and enjoy the Sunday summer in a memorable manner. Don't forget to visit the website of Hare Krishna temple or call up on 96995122 for information on this festival.
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Why? To bond with your folks and celebrate a cultural fest
When: 10 am onwards
Where: Beaconsfield Parade & Fitzroy St, St Kilda VIC 3182
Cost: Free
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