Colourful Scene At Chariot Festival

Hindu procession around Wimbledon

The colourful annual Chariot Festival at Wimbledon's Hindu Temple takes place this year on Sunday August 15.

There will be a procession from the Shree Ghanapathy Temple in Effra Road in which sacred deities will be pulled by devotees, in beautifully decorated chariots.

There will be music and a colourful scene as the chariots make their way from the Temple at 10am and onto the circular procession route along Birkbeck Road, Queens Road and Haydons Road. It will return to the Temple at 12 noon.

There will be special parking for the event at the top of Queens Road, with a free park-and-ride scheme as well as a shuttle service from Wimbledon station. Temporary traffic diversions will be in place on the day.

The festival has been organised by the Temple, in conjunction with the police, Merton Borough Council and the South Park Estate Residents' Association, and there will be representatives from all organisations at the event.

August 10, 2010