LORD JAGANATH annual event of RATH YATRA is celebrated for past 30 years in Dar Es Salaam to bless the people of TANZANIA for peace and harmony to prevail. 
This year, the event started from 9am to 12 noon today along Kisutu area in Dar es salaam where many religious believers as well as the  High Commissioner of India to Tanzania  Hon. Sanjiv Kohli and Deputy Mayor of Hon. Mussa Swedi Kafana Dar es salaam were  also present at the Shree Sanatan Dharma Sabha  SSDS, Hindu temple.
SSDS new Chairman Mr. Sujit Bhojak was happy that the celebrations not only were a success but also went on as planned and that all that attended left satisfied.
Ratha Yatra is a Hindu festival associated with Lord Jagannath held at Puri in the state of Odisha, India. It is the oldest Ratha Yatra taking place in India and the World, whose descriptions can be found in Brahma Purana, Padma Purana, and Skanda Purana and Kapila Samhita.
This annual festival is celebrated on Ashadha Shukla Paksha Dwitiya (second day in bright fortnight of Ashadha month).
The festival commemorates Jagannath's annual visit to Gundicha Temple via Mausi Maa Temple (maternal aunt's home) near Balagandi Chaka, Puri.
As part of Ratha Yatra, the deities of Jagannath, his elder brother Balabhadra and younger sister Subhadra are taken out in a procession out of Jagannath Temple and placed in the Ratha which is known as Pahandi, then the Ratha pulled to the gate of Gundicha Temple; next day again in a procession the deities are brought inside Gundicha Temple, which is known as Pandi of Jagannath Deva, and remain there for nine days. The procession starts with 'Madan Mohan' then 'Sudarshana' Balabhadra, Subhadra, and Jagannath Deva. Then the deities or Ratha Yatra return to the Main temple. The return journey of Puri Jagannath Ratha Jatra is known as Bahuda Jatra or Punar Jatra.
Three richly decorated chariots, resembling temple structures, are pulled through the streets of Puri called Badadanda. This commemorates the annual journey of Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra, and their sister Subhadra to their aunt's temple, the Gundicha Temple which is situated at a distance of 2 kms from their temple. This is the only day when devotees who are not allowed in the temple premises, such as non-Hindus and foreigners, can get their glimpse of the deities. During the festival, devotees from all over the world go to Puri with an earnest desire to help pulling the Lords' chariots with the help of other priests with ropes. They consider this as auspicious. The huge processions accompanying the chariots play devotional songs with drums, sounding plates of bell metal, cymbals, etc. Children line the streets through which the chariot will pass and add to the mass chorus. The Ratha carts themselves are approximately 45 feet (14 m) high and are pulled by the thousands of pilgrims who turn up for the event; the chariots are built anew each year only from a particular type of tree. Millions of devotees congregate at Puri for this annual event from all over the country and abroad. 

 SSDS new Chairman Mr. Sujit Bhojak (left) with Head of ISKON South Africa Bhakti Narasimha Swami

 High Commissioner of India to Tanzania  Hon. Sanjiv Kohli (centre) withHead of ISKON South Africa Bhakti Narasimha Swami
 SSDS new Chairman Mr. Sujit Bhojak (right) with Hon Secretary Rajesh Mistry. Below is the Deputy Mayor of Dar es salaam speaking.

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