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Ratha Yatra

Collection: Queens Memory Project Collection at Queens College Libraries' Department of Special Collections and Archives
Date: September 12 2010; 2010-09-12 Material: Color photographs Dimension: 300 ppi
Creator: James Wrona Identifier: aql:19549 wrona-04-0814 wrona-04-0814.tif

Description: Devotees make offerings of fruit and flowers at the procession called Ratha Yatra, or "Car Festival" with many hundreds of Hindu devotees through the streets of Flushing, Queens. The Ratha Yatra marks the climax of the annual nine-day festival called Sri Ganesa Chaturthi, held to celebrate the elephant-headed Hindu deity, Ganesh, the primary god worshiped at this particular temple. At the center of the procession is a large shrine housing a sculpture of the elephant-headed Hindu god, Ganesh. Priests riding atop the 16-foot long silver carriage, called a ratha, bless the offerings and send them back into the crowd to be shared. The carriage is actually motorized due to its enormous weight, but devotees also pull it along the route with long ropes. Devotees believe that the energy created by their week of chanting, offerings and the festivities in the streets replenish the powers of the holy statue and ready it for another year of worship in the temple. At the end of this procession is a ceremony to transfer the energy gathered by the smaller statue on the ratha to the larger Ganesha statue inside the temple - a piece far too large to move.

Title : Ratha Yatra

Collection : aql:13844

Creator : James Wrona

Date : September 12 2010; 2010-09-12

Summary/Description : Devotees make offerings of fruit and flowers at the procession called Ratha Yatra, or "Car Festival" with many hundreds of Hindu devotees through the streets of Flushing, Queens. The Ratha Yatra marks the climax of the annual nine-day festival called Sri Ganesa Chaturthi, held to celebrate the elephant-headed Hindu deity, Ganesh, the primary god worshiped at this particular temple. At the center of the procession is a large shrine housing a sculpture of the elephant-headed Hindu god, Ganesh. Priests riding atop the 16-foot long silver carriage, called a ratha, bless the offerings and send them back into the crowd to be shared. The carriage is actually motorized due to its enormous weight, but devotees also pull it along the route with long ropes. Devotees believe that the energy created by their week of chanting, offerings and the festivities in the streets replenish the powers of the holy statue and ready it for another year of worship in the temple. At the end of this procession is a ceremony to transfer the energy gathered by the smaller statue on the ratha to the larger Ganesha statue inside the temple - a piece far too large to move.

Subject : Hindu gods; Hindu temples; Hindu altars; Ratha Yatra (Hindu festival); Hindu Temple Society of North America, NY

Rights : This image is the property of James Wrona. Please contact info@jameswrona.com for research and reproduction requests.

Coverage : Flushing, Queens, NY Flushing (New York, N.Y.) Queens (New York, N.Y.)

Type : Digital image

Format : Color photographs; 300 ppi

Identifier : aql:19549 wrona-04-0814 wrona-04-0814.tif

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Hindu gods; Hindu temples; Hindu altars; Ratha Yatra (Hindu festival); Hindu Temple Society of North America, NY
Rights Notice
This image is the property of James Wrona. Please contact info@jameswrona.com for research and reproduction requests.


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