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Thousands of Hindus gather in Watford for 'biggest Janmashtami festival outside of India’ - Britain



As many as 70,000 were expected to attend the Hindu festival which is the largest of its kind in the UK. 
Prayer, music, dancing and food were central to the annual event which is run by 1,500 volunteers  
The event takes place on an estate donated to The Hare Krishna Movement by Beatle George Harrison

Thousands of brightly dressed families descended on Watford on Sunday for the huge Hindu festival, Janmashtami.

The annual celebration marks the birth of Krishna, the eighth avatar of Vishnu, and brings Hindus from around the world together.

Music and prayer were central to the event held at Bhaktivedanta Manor Hare Krishna Temple in Patchetts Green on the outskirts of Bushey.

With tens of thousands attending every year, it is believed the be the one of the largest Hindu festival gatherings outside of India.   


Late Beatle, George Harrison donated the estate which holds the event to The Hare Krishna Movement.  

Srutidharma Das, Temple President of Bhaktivedanta Manor told the Watford Observer: 'The manor was gifted to us by George Harrison in 1973 and it carries on his legacy of sharing ancient wisdom and cultural richness of the east. The festival message is simple and universal, through love we connect, we belong and we transcend.

'The festival promotes the importance of love and community in what is today a very diverse society and is only made possible with the help of 1,500 volunteers.'  
A man dressed as the Hindu god Lord Krishna, poses during the Janmashtami Festival at Bhaktivedanta Manor as thousands joined together for one of the most important events in the Hindu calendar
A man dressed as the Hindu god Lord Krishna, poses during the Janmashtami Festival at Bhaktivedanta Manor as thousands joined together for one of the most important events in the Hindu calendar 
Women dressed in bright colours as they enjoyed festivities in Watford over the weekend for the annual Janmashtani event
Women dressed in bright colours as they enjoyed festivities in Watford over the weekend for the annual Janmashtani event 
Around 70,000 people were expected to attend the Krishna Janmashtami Festival celebrations over two days at Bhaktivedanta Manor
Around 70,000 people were expected to attend the Krishna Janmashtami Festival celebrations over two days at Bhaktivedanta Manor
Visitors fed cows which were brought in for the festival. Bhaktivedanta, was established in 1973 by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada on an estate donated to The Hare Krishna Movement by the late Beatle, George Harrison
Visitors fed cows which were brought in for the festival. Bhaktivedanta, was established in 1973 by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada on an estate donated to The Hare Krishna Movement by the late Beatle, George Harrison
Prayer sessions also took place on Sunday as Hindu people from across Britain gathered in Watford
Prayer sessions also took place on Sunday as Hindu people from across Britain gathered in Watford 
Complimentary vegetarian food was on offer at the event which is open for the public - and those who are not Hindu are also invited to participate
Complimentary vegetarian food was on offer at the event which is open for the public - and those who are not Hindu are also invited to participate
People dressed as the Hindu god Lord Krishna and his consort pose for photographs with guests during the Janmashtami Festival
People dressed as the Hindu god Lord Krishna and his consort pose for photographs with guests during the Janmashtami Festival
Japa bead bags for sale as a market place was set up for visitors to buy goods and support the charity
Japa bead bags for sale as a market place was set up for visitors to buy goods and support the charity 

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