August 4, 2021 #1 Local News, Forum, Information and Event Source for Venice Beach, California.

Festival of the Chariots on August 3rd

festival of the chariots
Photo courtesy of Young Grasshopper

From the Argonaut:

The 32nd annual Festival of the Chariots, a Hare Krishna celebration with food, entertainment, and exhibits, will return to Venice Beach Sunday, August 3rd. Each year, a procession marches from Santa Monica accompanied by three towering red floats — devotions to the deities of ancient India — that end up on Venice Beach for an afternoon celebration.

The procession begins at 10 a.m. at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, 1855 Main St., Santa Monica. Marchers end up near Ocean Front Walk and Windward Avenue in Venice, where the afternoon festivities begin.

Admission is free, and the public is invited to join the parade.

The event is organized each year by a West Los Angeles-based group of Krishna devotees, the Los Angeles Chapter of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON).

Most recognizable are the festival’s three large red floats — nearly 50 feet high — devoted to Krishna deities, which paraders carry from Santa Monica to Venice.

Members of the crowd will use ropes that are attached to the side of the floats to pull them along the route and down Ocean Front Walk.

The floats have large red cloth canopies that are emblazoned with Sanskrit inscriptions and drawings based on Vedas scripture. They are decorated with fresh flowers, flags and banners.

Crowds of dancers, singers and beach-goers typically walk alongside the floats.

Within the floats are wooden carvings of Krishna deities.

The three floats contain carvings of Lord Jagannath, his sister deity Lord Subhrada and his brother deity Lord Balarama.

The hand-pulled chariots make their way south on Main Street in Santa Monica, then head west on Rose Avenue in Venice and finally are steered left onto Ocean Front Walk and proceed south to the heart of Venice Beach near the ocean end of Windward Avenue.

Once it reaches Venice, the festival will feature a free feast (20,000 plates prepared in the Krishna tradition) and three stages of live entertainment that includes drummers, sword fighters, Indian dance performances, drama and “mantra rock.”

The event will also have information booths on Hare Krishna traditions and beliefs as well as Indian art and culture.

There will be exhibits on yoga and meditation, reincarnation, spirituality, vegetarianism and animal rights, and children’s games and gift booths will be set up.

The idea for the Venice/Santa Monica Festival of the Chariots is based on an ancient festival that takes place annually in the Indian holy town of Jagannatha Puri.

The festival is a celebration of Indian Vedas scripture and the ancient Indian god Lord Jagannath.

Each year in India, the festival attracts massive numbers of pilgrims, and organizers compare the festival to the Kumbha Mela.

The local Festival of the Chariots is seen by an estimated 50,000 people each year, according to organizers.

Information, (310) 836-4342.

Related Posts

The Reese Davidson Project Faces New Appeal

July 29, 2021

July 29, 2021

Venice Vision has submitted a new appeal in opposition of The Reese Davidson Community affordable housing project set to break...

Umami Burger Coming to Venice

July 22, 2021

July 22, 2021

Popular burger restaurant moving into former Komodo space on Main Street By Kerry Slater Umami Burger is coming to Venice...

Venice Car-to-Car Shooting Leaves 18-Year-Old Dead

July 6, 2021

July 6, 2021

LAPD investigating Monday incident By Sam Catanzaro Police are searching for a driver wanted in connection to a car-to-car shooting...

Edify TV: Closing Expo Line Bike Path Gap?

June 15, 2021

June 15, 2021

Plans are in the works to close a frustrating gap in the Expo Line Bike Path. Learn more in this...

Factors to consider before joining an online casino

June 1, 2021

June 1, 2021

Online casinos are incredibly popular these days, especially since most parts of the world have been forced to stay in...

Can cannabis change the way you’re thinking?

June 1, 2021

June 1, 2021

The popular narrative that some of the greatest musicians in the world created music while under the influence of hallucinogenic...

​Mistakes to avoid when choosing an online casino​

June 1, 2021

June 1, 2021

Are you looking to find an online casino to play at but are completely new to the scene and have...

Tokyo-Style Pizza?

April 29, 2021

April 29, 2021

The Rose Venice’s Jason Neroni announces plans for former A-Frame space on Washington Blvd. By Kerry Slater A Venice-chef is...

Restaurant Spotlight: Tar And Roses Serves Up Wood-Fired Cuisine, Earthy Wines With Reopening

April 22, 2021

April 22, 2021

Popular SM restaurant back up and running By Toi Creel Far too many restaurants have fallen victim to the pandemic....

Mixed-Use Development Proposed for Windward Circle

March 23, 2021

March 23, 2021

Three-story townhouse project with restaurant planned for Main Street in Venice By Sam Catanzaro A developer wants to replace two...

Check out the 10 Venice Restaurants Taking Part in dineL.A.

February 25, 2021

February 25, 2021

First ‘spring’ season of culinary event to begin first week in March By Kerry Slater 10 Venice restaurants will participate in...

Comments
Leave a Reply