The mayor of Harrow joined thousands of people at a temple for an annual celebration.

Councillor Ajay Maru attended the Janmashtami festival at Bhaktivedanta Manor Hare Krishna Temple to celebrate birth of Lord Krishna.

The mayor, who was joined by the council's deputy leader Cllr Keith Ferry, said: “This is one of the most special days in the Hindu calendar and I am honoured to have been able to attend and celebrate the birthday of Lord Krishna with the thousands of people that attended.

“For many Harrow residents this is their local temple and I hope they enjoyed the festival which this year focused on the values of hope and peace which is relevant and important in today’s society.

“It was also amazing to see how the grounds were transformed and brought to life by the thousands of volunteers who helped.”

The celebration at the temple, which was donated Hare Krishna movement by George Harrison of The Beatles, is one of the biggest Janmashtami festivals outside of India.