LONDON MAHALAKSHMI TEMPLE RATH YATRA (Post No.6932)

WRITTEN BY LONDON SWAMINATHAN

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 Date: 25 AUGUST 2019  

British Summer Time uploaded in London – 16-44

Post No. 6932

 Pictures are taken BY LONDON SWAMINATHAN; this is a non- commercial, educational blog; posted in swamiindology.blogspot.com and tamilandvedas.com simultaneously. Average hits per day for both blogs 12,000.

East London came to vibrant life this Sunday morning (25-08-2019) because of the chariot procession of Goddess Mahalakshmi, Vishnu and Lord Ganesh. Of the 27 Tamil temples in and around London, two East London temples are run with Indian priests.

Not many people get up early in London on Sunday mornings. But  East London appeared like Mini India this morning with jasmine fragrance and colourful scenes. All the shops were decorated with festive festoons and flowers. In front of each shop and most of the houses were coconut, bananas, flowers with lighted Kuthuvilakku (traditional Hindu lamp). The two chariots stopped at each place and took nearly three hours to reach the destination.

The added attractions were Kerala drums and Indian Pipes and Tamil drums. Following the tradition devotees offered coconut and fruits in all the places.

To avoid the evil eye or part of a vow, people used to break  coconuts  on the roads. In one place a mat was spread and scores of coconuts were broken on the road. Lot of people took pictures. East London became a refugee camp after Second World War with the influx of Jewish refugees. Then came the Sikhs, Sri Lankan Tamils and Pakistanis. Now it has people of all ethnicities.

Free Coffee, Free Rose Milk, Free Sundal

Saravana Bhavan, the most famous vegetarian restaurant in the world, offered coffee, tea, Sundal (boiled Chick peas with added spices) and sweet pudding. Everything free. This is the first time I see free coffee and tea. Lyca mobile offered buttery Neer Mor (butter milk) and Sundal. Others gave Rose milk and bottled drinks free. Nowadays even before the full lunch meal (Maha Prasad), people get all types of snacks for breakfast.

As usual women came in colourful silk sarees and men came in silk dhotis in the tadeonal way. I went with the procession for an hour or so but did not stay for the tasty MAHA Prasad.

Two more Hindu temples did Rath Yatra today and unfortunately no one could cover all the three because they are miles apart.

Please see the attached pictures taken by me–

SARAVANA BHAVAN PRASAD
FREE COFFEE, TEA
TAMIL NAYANAM/PIPES
COCONUT BREAKING ON THE ROAD
LYCA MOBILE BUTTER MILK
SUNDAL
SARAVANA BHAVAN TEA, COFFEE, SAKKARAI PONGAL
KERALA JANDAI VADHYAM
MAHA LAKSHMI TEMPLE IN EAST LONDON
RICE PUDDING FROM SARAVAN A BHAVAN FREE
FREE ROSE MILK DRINK

–SUBHAM–

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  1. Splendid pictures- made us feel we were there. Thanks.

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