Sandy Hill, Ottawa
This is the first year of a
Chariot Fest, on more of a grand scale, in Canada’s Nation Capital. The
chariot, so well constructed and conserved by competent craftsman from
Montreal, Abhuy Charan, came in on the scene in this residential student area
of Ottawa University. The route of the procession also took us along the Rideau
River, where you have many embassies situated from around the world.
Starting from Templeton Street,
the chariot and its people-power procession made its way in a counter clockwise
fashion to the end of Sandy Hill community Park. The annual and iconic Ratha
Yatra also takes place near the sandy district of the Bay of Bengal, in Puri,
Several hundred devotees
participated in this charming and wholesome chanting session. Drums, symbols
and tambourines dominated the student zone of the city. The truck, elaborately
painted, was my location for leading the chant. The vehicle was used as a
source of sacred sound throughout and it was the technique that more or less
worked at the chariot fest earlier in the summer, in Saskatoon.
My other area of participation
was on the stage, or rather on the shaded grass, for laughter-yoga, dance-yoga
and chant-yoga. It was the last item on the agenda for the day.
I would like to thank the leader
of the Krishna community in Ottawa, Krishna Dulal, for an excellent job
May the Source be with you!