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Colour and vibrancy enchants all in tradiitonal Indian ceremony 

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The vibrant colours and spirituality of India engulfed PLaya de la Americas during the closing of the Ratha Yatra.

The venue for the festival was adjacent to the Hotel Conquistador, a perfect etting for the evening of divinities, which brought together dozens of people who did not want to miss the central act of one of the main Hindu religious celebrations around the world. After the adoration, the religious images travelled by car along the Golden Mile.

To the rhythm of the songs, dances and prayers of the Hindu community, hundreds of people participated in the act of worship.

This was the eighth time the festival was celebrated in Arona and brought together all communities, visitors and local people alike.

The Ratha Yatra of Playa de las Américas had an exceptional guest this year, his Holiness Bhakti Charu Swami Maharaj, one of the main spiritual references of the Hare Krishna community and president of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness.

The act was full of spectacularity and began with the reception of the Divinities and the “pooja” of coconuts, an Indian ceremony that takes place in different relevant moments of life.

At the end, the three Divinities participating in the Ratha Yatra were taken on the procession and there was a tasting of vegetarian dishes.

The Ratha Yatra, also known as the Festival of Jagannatha, is one of the most important of its kind celebrated in India.

It came to the West in the sixties of the last century and takes place in the main cities of the world. In Spain, it is celebrated in Madrid and Barcelona, in addition to Arona.

Councillor for Tourism for Arona, David Pérez said: “This event is important for the municipality of Arona as it is one of its main and most beloved communities, the Hindu.”

The Ratha Yatra of Playa de las Américas also included an exhibition of sacred art, stands showing Indian culture and a yoga festival.