Huge Crowds at Ealing's Annual Hindu Chariot Festival
Thousands turn up to see spectacular procession and a riot of colour
This Sunday’s (12 August) annual Hindu chariot festival in West Ealing proved to be one of the largest yet with thousands of people turning up to see the spectacular displays.
The event which is organised by the Shri Kanaga Thurkkai Amman Temple brings in visitors from across the world, both pilgrims and interested observers. Starting at the Temple on Chapel Road it made its way along the Uxbridge Road before returning to its base.
The festival honours the victory of the war god Murugan over a demon using a divine spear. As well as pulling the chariots devotees in traditional dress rolled along the road, carried milk jugs on their heads and sported elaborate piercings. Offerings in baskets are presented to the gods. Musicians accompanied to the parade adding to the festive atmosphere. This year there was also a fundraising market in Dean Gardens.
The event required roads in the area to be closed including Chapel Road, parts of Mattock Lane and the westbound bus lane on the Uxbridge Road.