Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Hello Friends! For everyone who is taking this year's CSA on the installment plan, it is time for your next payment. We have made it easy for you by adding a payment button to the Gita Nagari website. You can pay securely with Paypal. ys, Ortrun Gates

Country Style Festival of Chariots - July 28th!

Come one, come all to the 36th Annual Festival of Chariots at Gita Nagari Farm just about 7 miles south of Port Royal, PA! The festival is scheduled for July 28th from 11 am to 6 pm on this 350-acre organic farm in the heart of Pennsylvania.
Start the day by browsing the vendors where you can find everything from Indian clothing to t-shirts, from books to jewelry as well as delicious vegetarian specialties. Tour our organic garden, check out a milking demonstration. Take a carriage ride through the farm. Tour our temple and the newly built and renovated Guesthouses.
At 12 noon take part in the parade, where we will take Lord Jagannath on a tour of the farm. Help pull the Rath cart to the top of Govardhan Hill. Afterward relax on the lawn while listening to music, observe a play or dancing. A free vegetarian feast will be served at 3 pm.
This is a wonderful opportunity for the whole family to relax and enjoy the bucolic Pennsylvania countryside. Bring your lawn chairs or blanket and prepare yourselves for a great day!
What: Festival of Chariots
Date: Saturday, July 28th, 2012
Time: 11 am to 6 pm with free vegetarian feast at 3 pm
         Food and other vendors open all day
Parade: 12 noon
Directions: Can be found on our website:
Parking: Is plentiful on the farm
Cost: Free and open to the public
More information: 717-532-5331 
ACCOMODATIONS: Plan to make a weekend of it and contact M. Anasuya at 717-527-2780 for reservations. Our Goloka guesthouse has eight spacious motel style rooms, nicely furnished, shared bathrooms- three of them are set up for famlies. The Vaikuntha guesthouse has six rooms (slightly smaller), all of which sleep four with shared bathrooms. Temple Annex has standard smaller rooms with shared bathrooms. Our Block House has two levels with various accomodations; and last but not least the second level of our Yoga Studio has five rooms with shared bathrooms, all of which can sleep a relatively large number of people (family style with bunkbeds).  This year we have a special rate just for the Ratha Yatra because we would like as many folks as possible to come and spend the weekend with us. (2-3 sleeper: $20; 4 sleeper: 30; 6 sleeper: $35; 10 sleeper: $45). We also have outdoor tent space available for $10/space. Bring your own tent and bedding. 

VENDORS: This year for the first time, aside from t-shirt, clothing, books, etc. vendors we are also accepting food vendors.  You must supply your own tent, tables and chairs and will be assigned a space. Flat rate is $25 per vendor. For more detailed information please sontact M. Ortrun at 717-532-5331 or mail to