Staff Correspondent

Statues of Sri Krishna, Balarama to be taken in a procession

The fourth annual `Ratha Yatra' to be held Sri Suvidyendra Tirtha Swamiji and Madu Pandit Dasa to participate in the `yatra' Akshay Patra kitchen to be ready by April

HUBLI: Work on the first phase of a temple being constructed at Rayapur by the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) based on the model of its temple in Bangalore has ended, and it will be inaugurated on Sunday.

Addressing presspersons here on Wednesday, Rajiv Lochan Dasa, branch head of ISKCON, Hubli- Dharwad said, the statues of Sri Krishna and Balarama will be carried in a decorated "ratha" to the new temple.

The former Deputy Chief Minister M.P. Prakash will inaugurate the first phase of the temple. The former Minister S.R. Morey will be the chief guest. Madu Pandit Dasa, Chairman of Akshaya Patra, will preside over the function.

A day before the inaugural function, the fourth annual "Ratha Yatra" of Sri Krishna-Balarama will be held here in the presence of Sri Suvidyendra Tirtha Swamiji of Mantralya and Madu Pandit Dasa. The yatra will begin at Durgada Bail. Schoolchildren, singers, musicians, dancers and devotees will participate in it, he said.

Rajiv Lochan Dasa said that for the first time "Ratha Yatra" of Sri Krishna-Balarama is being organised in Dharwad on February 18.

People belonging to various communities will take part in the yatra, he said.

A modern Akshay Patra kitchen with a capacity to cook food for two lakh children will be ready by April, Rajiv Lochan Dasa said.

The new kitchen will help ISKCON in increasing the number of schools being covered under the Akshay Patra project. ISKCON is providing midday meals to 80,000 children in the twin cities, he said.