Pilgrims mark major Hindu event near Watford

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More than 70,000 pilgrims and guests were due to visit a temple near Watford for a four-day celebration of the most important occasion in the Hindu calendar.

They have been attending the Bhaktivedanta Manor Krishna Temple for Janmashtami, which marks the birth of Lord Krishna.

The festival is the largest of its kind in Europe, and 1,000 children had their faces painted blue.

Many of them carried flutes and wore peacock feathers in their hair.

The temple's kitchens have been operating 24 hours a day to prepare free vegetarian meals for all of those attending.

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