FANTASTIC FESTIVAL Thousands of Hindu devotees gather in West London for amazing chariot procession

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DEDICATED devotees go through the pain barrier to honour their gods

THOUSANDS of people flocked to the capital on Sunday for one of the most colourful and exciting events on the religious calendar.

The annual celebration of Hindu culture took over west Ealing peaking in a startling and shocking chariot procession through the bustling London borough.

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The festival attracts thousands of Hindu devotees to West Ealing from all over the world

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Devotees have hooks inserted into the skin of their backs before pulling a chariot

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Others rolled their bodies along the rough road surface as their act of devotion

More than 10,000 people from all over Europe are believed to have attended this year’s jaw-dropping spectacle.

Organised by the Shri Kanagathurkkai Amman Temple, the festival commemorates the Hindu war god Murugan’s defeat of the demon Soorapadam using a ‘divine spear’ known as a vel.

He is the Commander-in-Chief of the army of the devas and the son of Shiva. He is also the primary deity of the Kaumuram sect of Hinduism.

Those taking part in the festival offer up a sign of devotion to Murugan – including piercing their skin with vels.

Hundreds of other devotees rolled their bodies along the rough road surface as their painful act of devotion.

Wearing traditional dress, scores of women marched through the streets carrying pots on their heads while musicians played alongside them.

But it was the brightly-decorated chariots that proved the biggest draw.

London, UK. 14th August, 2016. Kavadi Attam annual Tamil chariot festivals in the Shri Kanaga Thurkkai temple in West Ealing ,thousands of people come out to join the celebrations as the temple goddess Amman which means mother in Tamil is parade in a

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Some of those taking part in the festival offer up a sign of devotion by piercing their skin with vels

Ealing, London, UK. 14th August, 2016. A musician performing during a chariot procession which is the culmination of the annual Shri Kanagathurkkai Amman Temple (SKAT) festival of Thaipusam in West Ealing. The festival attracts thousands of Hindu dev

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A musician performing during the huge chariot procession

London, UK. 14th August, 2016. Kavadi Attam annual Tamil chariot festivals in the Shri Kanaga Thurkkai temple in West Ealing ,thousands of people come out to join the celebrations as the temple goddess Amman which means mother in Tamil is parade in a

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Those taking part in the festival offer up a painful sign of devotion to Murugan
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