Cardiff to host first Ratha-yatra on Aug 20

Cardiff is to host its first ever "Ratha-yatra festival of Chariots" when it comes to the heart of the capital on August 20, 2005. Hundreds of pilgrims and devotees will hand pull the 40-foot high colourful wooden chariot carrying the deities of Lord Jagannatha, Lady Subhadra and Lord Balarama from City Hall to Coopers fields. The giant chariot will be accompanied by a procession of singers, musicians, and dancers.

"Cardiff will be pulsating to Indian spiritual sounds with instruments from across the globe," averred the Iskcon spokesperson. At Coopers fields, where the procession comes to an end, revellers will participate in a cultural and educational fair, delving into the spiritual heart of India.