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BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir - Neasden Temple

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Nelson Moura fought is way of his own mediocrity to become a respected journalist and social media guru. Or so he thinks. Born in Porto, Portugal in 1990 he decided to steer is chaotic writing towards journalism. Contact me if you need a review
Published July 26th 2012

Have you ever felt your yin separating from your yang? Your Karma sliding to negative points?

Or your chakras more unbalanced than a drunken giraffe?

Well, I know the place to get you back on track.

Lost between the not-so appealing area of Stonebridge and Wembley Park, is the magnificent Hindu Neasden Temple, one of London's most exotic constructions.

Wembley Stadium can be England's main religious temple but Neasden, full name Shri Swaminarayan Mandir (choked a bit here); is one of London's most respected Hindu community outlet for prayer and worship.

If you are like me, a sucker for different religious temple and alternative attractions; then you should take a look to Europe's first traditional Hindu temple.

Just get out over Neasden station on the Jubilee line, go south on the North Circular Road and suddenly the amazing shine of the 2,000 tons of fine Italian marble covering the temple will momentarily blind you.

What patience can achieve
All hand-crafted in India and brought to England to cover the incredible pillars and domes of the building.

It is so easy to feel like you have just stumbled out a crowed train in Gujarat, India. I also had the amazing life experience of seeing his 5 five glorious domes with red white flags.

Through this pleasant out there experience, I suddenly felt an urge to enter the Mandir and achieve self-realisation. Or just get out of the scorching heat.

No matter the reason; the place that Readers Digest considers to be dubbed as the 8th wonder of the world; this temple will probably be less packed than the most publicised Westminster Abbey.

The worshippers who work here are incredibly welcoming and will only make sure you follow the religious guidelines to enter the temple. No photographs, cellphones, shorts and skirts, and of course no shoes.

After a day of walking for me it felt like nirvana to take these awful social chains we call shoes. After passing the metal detectors, I could finally wonder at the impressive interior wood carvings of flower patterns and animals all over the columns through the 50 feet high ceiling.

There is a souvenir shop; a pleasant vegetarian temple together and an exhibition about Hinduism for 2 pounds.

There's nothing more Zen than walking slowly over the comfortable rugs into the temple hall where Vishna, Brahma and Shiva are worshipped.

Brahma the creator, Vishnu the preserver and Shiva the destroyer; all live in harmony within the temple's white cold marble and its soft sun light.

If your soul isn't elevated after getting out of the door in tandem with the long stairway on a sunny day, you should really look for a refund from the creator. You will know what I am on about here after you have tried this amazing and enlightening experience for yourself.

When I left the Neasden Temple, I wished I could be reincarnated as a goldfish, and be amazed perpetually every five seconds over this impressive building.

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Where: 105-119 Brentfield Road London
Cost: Free
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