Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Hindu Temple Feature

London Studies Visit to

BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir

November 2014

The Deity
 We have the richness of London close by and yet so much of it lies undiscovered to many of our members. I think I speak for myself but others also. Each month we go somewhere planned by one of the group members, to a different place of cultural interest within the capital

In November 2014 we visited the Hindu Temple, commonly known as the Neasden Temple, of BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in North London. It was a trek to get there by bus, underground and train but it was worth all of it. 23 of us joined the tour led by Lynn and Brian who ably guided us through the pitfalls of London Transport to a totally different world. Within a stone's throw of the Temple is the New Webley Stadium which was an added treat.

Mandir from the gardens

The Mandir is about twenty years old and is the inspiration of the 5th generation guru Pramukh Swami Maharaj who was the inspiration, planner and master builder for the temple. It was built using 100 full time volunteers and 1,000 who worked part time. Over 27,000 pieces of stone including marble were quarried in the UK and shipped to India where craftmen shaped every individual piece which were returned to the UK for assembly like a giant jigsaw. The result is truly inspirational about human endeavour and about the power of volunteering.

The day was conclude by an excellent lunch in the Mandir's restaurant which served a buffet with an amazing selection of vegetarian foods.

I will not give more detail but allow the photographs to speak for themselves

Stephen Harding

Inside the Mandir where we attended a prayer service

The Master Builder
and his creation

New Wembley Stadium
If you want to find our more go to the website 
of the Mandir