From the break of dawn, a massive procession of devotees gather at the Jagannath Temple. Large chariots carry idols of Balaram, Kirshna and their sister Subhadra through the narrow windy streets of old Ahmedabad. Afterwards the idols are bathed in the Savarmati River. This festival is in memory of a journey Krishna made leaving his milkmaid friends behind.
Chief Minister Modi is present to join in the festival.
The temple elephants are bathed and painted to be ready to join in the procession.
The parade begins with prayers.
Musical bands, decorated elephants, gymnasts, acrobats and other colorful performers join in or lead the parade.
The idols are in their chariots being pulled to the river.
Everyone is guarded by these magnificent elephants!
From the word Jagannath and this festival, the Hindi word juggernaut became part of the English language to describe the huge powerful and overwhelming force needed to pull the chariots through the crowed streets.
Namaste. . . . . .This Is Incredible India