Hare Krishna Devotees Celebrate Festival of Chariots in Leicester

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Leicester was awash with music, dance and chanting today, as the Hare Krishna movement held their annual Festival of Chariots procession.

Thousands of festival-goers from all over the country pulled a massive 90ft chariot carrying the Deities of Lord Jagannatha (Krishna), his sister Subhadra, and Lord Balarama from the City Centre to Cossington Park, accompanied with music, singing, and dancing.

The annual festival organised by the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) is the second largest festival of this type in country and has been running for 17 years. For the first time in its history the festival began at the newly acquired Hare Krishna Centre on Granby Street. To start off the procession Sir Peter Soulsby and community leaders smashed coconuts.