I am a born and bred London girl and I come from an Indian heritage. I have many different friends from all walks of life and having a diverse mix is so important to me. Don’t get me wrong I love my Indian culture however having a mix of friends from all walks of life is extremely important to me. The world is mixed so why always be around the same type of person?
Neasden temple is stunning and I took my gorgeous French friend Olivia. I have obviously been many times before with my family but this is the first time Olivia has been. The architecture is simply stunning.
The “Neasden Temple” is actually called the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir. It is a masterpiece of traditional Hindu design and exquisite workmanship that rises serenely amid London’s iconic skyline. It uses 5,000 tonnes of Italian Carrara and Indian Ambaji marble and the finest Bulgarian limestone, it was hand-carved in India before being assembled in London.
The Mandir is a humble tribute to the inexpressible beauty, majesty and glory of the Divine. The inside is actually quite small compared to what you see on the outside. We finished off our visit with the aarti (an Indian prayer).
How was it made?
Over 3,000 volunteers inspired by His Holiness Pramukh Swami Maharaj contributed to making the Mandir a reality. It was – and continues to be – funded entirely by worshippers and well-wishers.
The Neasden Temple and the Watford Mandir are two of the most beautiful places of Hindu worship in the UK. I wrote a post about Janamashmti (when I attended) Watford last August 2018 where you can find here. I actually took my friend Brooke to that event.