rathera sajani dekhi' loke camatkara
nava hemamaya ratha-sumeru-akara
rathera—of the car; sajani—decoration; dekhi'-by seeing; loke—everyone; camatkara—astonished; nava—new; hema-ma ya—golden; ratha—chariot car; sumeru-akara—as high as the mountain Sumeru.
Everyone was astonished to see the decorations on the Ratha car. The car appeared to be newly made of gold, and it was as high as Mount Sumeru.
In the year 1973 there was a gorgeous Ratha-yatra festival in London, England, and the car was brought to Trafalgar Square. The London daily newspaper the Guardian published a front-page photo caption: "ISKCON Ratha-yatra is rival to the Nelson Column in Trafalgar Square." The Nelson Column is a very impressive statue of Lord Nelson and can be seen from a good distance. Just as the residents of Puri compared the Ratha-yatra car to Mount Sumeru, the residents of London considered the car rival to the Nelson Monument.
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