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Jul 01 2014

Hindu festival celebrated in Harrow East for the first time

uma_kumaranUma Kumaran, Labour Parliamentary Candidate for Harrow East joined hundreds of Hindu worshippers through the streets of Queensbury, as part of the Rath Yatra Utsav festivities on Sunday June 29th

The festival, celebrating Hindu God Lord Jagannath, saw three chariots pulled along by hundreds of devotees from Queensbury Park through to Stanmore Temple. On arrival there was a special prayer service followed by food served for all those who took part. This is the first time this festival, organised by Dharma Bhakti Manor Stanmore and ISKON has been celebrated on the streets of Harrow.

Uma Kumaran said: “It was an immense honour to have been part of this procession and to have been invited to pull and guide the chariot through the streets of Harrow for the first time. As a Hindu it meant a great deal to me to be able to celebrate this festival with hundreds of other worshippers. What was especially meaningful was seeing residents of all races and religions stop to take photos, join in and cheer the procession along. It was a treat to tell people that this festival is the reason behind the English word ‘Juggernaut’ – meaning unstoppable force, which is what Lord Jagannath represents.

A special thank you to the Temple volunteers, police and local authority staff who worked tirelessly behind the scenes to make this occasion run smoothly and with minimal disruption to others. Harrow is home to people from all races, religions and backgrounds and it is wonderful that we can celebrate and share one another’s traditions in this way”

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