The Festival of the Chariots is an annual contribution by Hare Krishna Melbourne to the St Kilda Festival.

Festival of the Chariots is part of St Kilda Festival Sunday, on the first Sunday of February each year.

Join the party mood with hundreds of other festival-goers, pulling a giant chariot from Catani Gardens along Jacka Boulevard to Luna Park and back to another! Pulling the colourful Chariot is accompanied by lively song and dance. Be part of the fun!

The Chariot Festival (Ratha Yatra) originated in ancient times in Jagannatha Puri in Odisha (formerly Orissa, India), where deities of Jagannatha, Baladeva and Subhadra are drawn – with love and devotion – into the hearts of all present.

The Chariot parade starts at 1 pm and finishes by 2 pm.

At the same time, we host a family-friendly Vedic Village in Catani Gardens from 11 am to 9 pm.  The Vedic Village includes a free stage program of song, dance and drama for all ages. Fun for kids, face painting, body art, Hare Krishna vegetarian food, an Indian shop, bookshop, and meditation and yoga tents round out your Village experience.

Enjoy a fantastic day out with your family and friends!