Thousands of people flocked to London for one of the most colourful events of the calendar year.
The annual festival saw a celebration of Hindu culture take over west Ealing, culminating in a chariot procession through the London borough.
It is one of the biggest events of the year in the area with around 10,000 thought to have attended from all over Europe.
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Organised by the Shri Kanagathurkkai Amman Temple, the festival commemorates the legend of the Hindu god of war, Murugan, and his defeat of the demon Soorapadam using a ‘divine spear’ known as a vel.
Those taking part in the festival offer up a sign of devotion to Murugan, whether it be as simple as carrying a pot of milk on their heads, or piercing their skin with vels.
Other devotees rolled their bodies along the road surface as their act of devotion despite only wearing a short robe around their waist.
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, propped up by members of the community, that were the biggest draw.
Bric-a-brac stalls and ethnic food stands were also run alongside the festival to raise funds for the temple’s projects.