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Krishna Janmashtami 2018: Thousands of Hindus celebrate in Ilford

PUBLISHED: 16:00 04 September 2018

Thousands of worshippers celebrate the lord Krishna's birthday in Ilford. Photo: Ravi Bhanot

Thousands of worshippers celebrate the lord Krishna's birthday in Ilford. Photo: Ravi Bhanot

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Thousands of Hindus across the borough have been celebrating the birthday of one of their most revered gods - Krishna.

Thousands of worshippers celebrate the lord Krishna's birthday in Ilford. Photo: Ravi Bhanot Thousands of worshippers celebrate the lord Krishna's birthday in Ilford. Photo: Ravi Bhanot

More than 3,000 worshippers attended a ceremony at the VHP Temple, in Cleveland Road, Ilford, on Monday (September 3) while a seperate event at the Durga Temple, in Norman Road, attracted around 1,000 people.

“It shows the cultural and religious richness in Redbridge,” said Ravi Bhanot, a committee memebr of the VHP Temple, commenting on the high number of attendees.

Thousands of worshippers celebrate the lord Krishna's birthday in Ilford. Photo: Ravi Bhanot Thousands of worshippers celebrate the lord Krishna's birthday in Ilford. Photo: Ravi Bhanot

He added: “The festivities included not just prayers and song but also, at midnight, we had a baby come dressed up as the lord Krishna.”

This reflects the Hindu belief that the diety was born at midnight, he explained.

Worshippers paid their respects and lit candles at shrines with features depictions of the lord Krishna, which they also swayed.

“The swaying replicates the babies being born,” Ravi told the Recorder last week, ahead of the ceremony.

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