Aug 9 2012 by Hannah Bewley, Harrow Observer
COLOURFUL worshippers took over a park to commemorate the life of a guru who is revered with God-like devotion in India.
The Shri Shirdi Sai Baba Association London organised the celebrations in Barham Park which included volunteer dancers, sweets falling from the sky and a procession led by a chariot.
The event was to mark the Shri Guru Pournima festival and was well attended by people from the community and all over London.
A procession with a colourful chariot marked the start of the festivities, which were in honour of the teachings of Shirdi Sai Baba, one of the greatest saints India has ever seen and who is worshipped as a God incarnate.
The chariot was decorated with various vibrant colours which represent the diverse cultural backgrounds of his disciples and came to a halt near the main stage where a number of musicians performed.
A ritual known as Gopalakala took place with people reenacting one of the favourite pastimes of Lord Krishna, stealing curd and sweets from houses.
Attendees had to break open a pot containing milk, dry fruits, curd, and sweets, hanging 10 feet above their heads and were rewarded with treats and silver coins.
The celebrations concluded with the launching of a website for the Shri Shirdi Sai Baba Information and Research centre, Dwaravati, based in Wembley Hill Road, Wembley.
More information can be found at www.dwaravati.com.