The Rathayatra Chariot Festival is taking place in Plymouth City Centre this weekend.
The annual Hindu event, which celebrates the Lord Krishna, starts with a procession from the Piazza at 12pm on Saturday 27 September, moving round the city and finishing with a festival at the Big Screen.
Every year, Lord Jagannath, with his elder brother Balabhadra and sister Subhadra go on vacation, travelling on grand chariots, from his temple in Puri, to his garden palace in the countryside. The English word ‘Juggernaut’ has its origins in the festival.
The event is being jointly supported by Plymouth City Council, Devon and Cornwall Police, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue, and Plymouth Community Homes.
Councillor Peter Smith, Deputy Leader of Plymouth City Council, said: “As part of our ambition for Plymouth to be a Welcoming City we are very happy to support this important annual event for the local community.
“The event is open to everyone and we hope the event is as well attended and supported as it has been in previous years.”
For more information about the event go to www.hinducommunityplymouth.co.uk