Around 60,000 could attend an annual Hindu festival that celebrates the birth of Lord Krishna, this bank holiday weekend.

Bhaktivedanta Manor Hare Krishna Temple in Patchetts Green will welcome tens of thousands of visitors for Janmashtami, one of the most important festivals in the Hindu calendar.

Taking place on Friday and Sunday, the festivities at the manor are regarded to be the largest outside of India.

This year also marks 50 years since the Hare Krishna movement was incorporated.

But with huge visitor numbers expected to join in the celebrations, drivers are being warned of heavy traffic in the area, particularly on Friday and Sunday.

Motorists travelling on the M1 at j5 for Watford, the A41 between Stanmore and Watford, and roads around Aldenham and Bushey, are likely to be caught up in delays and should leave extra time if heading out that way.

Temporary traffic management measures will be in place to ensure traffic runs as smoothly as possible.

Everyone is welcome to the manor which will see the usually serene temple grounds transformed into a festival site of colourful marquees showcasing dance and music..

Visitors can enjoy complimentary vegetarian food and the opportunity to browse the bazaars selling an eclectic array of delicatessens, books, handmade jewellery, music and organic produce from the New Gokul farm which provides sustainable living and cow protection sheltering sixty-three cows, oxen and bulls.

There will also be a host of activities for children.

Friday's celebrations kick off at midday ending at midnight while festivities on Sunday will also begin at midday before the festival comes to a close at 10pm.

Bhaktivedanta Manor, Hilfield Lane, WD25 8HE