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BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir - Neasden Temple

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by Caroline Haack (subscribe)
Fine art student and freelance writer from Paris, living in London.
Published July 18th 2017
Europe's first Hindu temple
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BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir (also known as Neasden Temple) is Britain's first authentic Hindu temple. It is a traditional temple of Hindu worship that has been designed and fully built with traditional methods and materials.

The construction of the temple started in August 1992 was completed in two and a half years. Its exterior is a facade of pristine white marble, pillars, domes and columns riddled with intricate details and finely carved sculptures. The richly coloured interior features marble, wood carved with patterns as well as divinities representing the faith and sacred beliefs.

The Neasden Temple is an exceptional spiritual and architectural jewel that testifies to the multiculturalism of London - it is strictly forbidden to take pictures inside the temple.You must leave your bag at the front of the temple (free deposit) and keep your wallet and mobile phone.

All visitors are invited to respect the dress code: relaxed but correct dress: no shorts or skirts above the knee, the veil is not imposed and no shoes. There is an area where you can leave your shoes (you can keep the socks). A visit to this place will lead you on a journey of discovery and a total change of scenery.

BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Neasden Temple is open from Monday to Sunday: 9:00-18:00 - Free admission. (Possibility of visiting the museum inside for a modest sum of 2 - Souvenir shop also). It is only 30 kilometres north-west of London, then around 20 minutes walking time. Leaving the train station, turn left and follow the signs on your left until Mandir Temple.

Get off Neasden Lane. Turn left onto Lansdowne Grove until the end of the street. Turn left onto Dog Lane. Turn left on the circular road north (you will see Tesco and IKEA on your right). Continue left onto Brentfield Road, the Mandir is on your right.
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Where: 105-119 Brentfield Rd, Neasden, London NW10 8LD
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