Western Kenya’s first Lord Jagannatha Rath Yatra

By Iskcon Nairobi - 3.4 2018

For the first time in the history of the Kenyan Yatra, the Lord of the universe Jagannatha along with His brother Baladeva and sister Subhadra devi came out in a beautiful procession to bless the jubilant and colorful people of Eldoret city, which is the principal city in western Kenya.

This Rath Yatra was made possible by the joint effort of ISKCON KISUMU which is about 118km from Eldoret and ISKCON Nairobi which is about 318km away. The Main person behind organizing the event is the local Member of Parliament Dr.Swarrup Mishra who is originally from Orrisa, India and had a long cherished desire to bring Lord Jagannatha to his town Eldoret. The Jagannath deities with the chariot were brought from ISKCON Kisumu.

More than 1000 devotees from across the country attended the Yatra, with guest of honor being the Governor of the area Mr. Jackson Mandago along with the Member of parliament Ms. Janet Sitienei. The G.B.C for West Africa H.G. Srinivasa Das from Ghana also graced the occasion.

The maha mantra was heard vibrating through all the major streets of the city bringing joy and happiness to one and all. The Yatra culminated with a sumptuous feast for everyone.