Shri Swaminarayan Mandir - Hindu Temple - Neasden - London

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    The Mandir is the focal point of the complex. Designed according to the Stapatya-Shastra, a Vedic text that develops Hindu architecture to metaphorically represent the different attributes of God, it is constructed almost entirely from Indian marble, Italian marble and Bulgarian limestone. The stone was shipped to India where it was hand-carved by over 1,500 craftsmen. Each individually numbered piece was then shipped back to London and the building was assembled like a giant three-dimensional jigsaw. The Mandir facility contains no iron or steel, a unique feature for a modern building in the UK. A feature the temple is noted for is its profusely carved cantilevered dome, believed to be the only one in Britain that does not use steel or lead. The Mandir was inaugurated on 20 August 1995 by Pramukh Swami Maharaj, the spiritual leader of BAPS - the organisation behind the temple.

    The Mandir serves as the centre of worship. Directly beneath each of the seven pinnacles seen from the outside is a shrine. Each of these seven shrines houses murtis (images) within golden altars. Each murti is treated like the incarnation of Godhead and therefore each deity is bathed, clothed, fed, and attended to each day by the sadhus (monks) who live in the temple.

    Beneath the Mandir, is the permanent exhibition 'Understanding Hinduism'. Spread over 3000 square feet, the exhibition deals with the origin, beliefs, glory and contribution of Hindu seers and scholars in the fields of mathematics, astronomy, medicine, education, and religion. The messages and information are presented through visual effects, paintings, tableaux, traditional craftwork, and miniature 3-D dioramas.

    Gargi AS, mike3k, JC6811, b95gshawn, and 29 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. Sandmania 111 months ago | reply

      Wonderful shot here and great composition. I was there last month...although its a shame pictures can't be taken inside.

    2. nick.garrod 111 months ago | reply

      I agree as the interior is striking. I had to stand on tiptoe for this shot and hold my camera over the gates. It took a couple of attempts to get the camera level

    3. merche.r 111 months ago | reply

      Great perspective, the definition and depth are excellent.

    4. Norfolk Gal 111 months ago | reply

      A most interesting picture - well worth the effort. Nice framing.

    5. !Shot by Scott! 110 months ago | reply

      well i think that just got added to "the places i have to got to" list

    6. nick.garrod 110 months ago | reply

      The inside is well worth visiting unfortunately photography is not allowed.

    7. scilit 105 months ago | reply

      The Pritzker Architecture Prize on flickr

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    8. Nejdet Duzen 105 months ago | reply

      Beautiful shot..

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    9. breefriendly 103 months ago | reply

      Beautiful photo!

    10. 123020248 102 months ago | reply

      To think this is in a rather shit part of london!

    11. [¯Ô¯] Andy C 93 months ago | reply

      Beautiful shot..

    12. Wendy MC ♪ 83 months ago | reply

      i´m in love about architecture!

    13. Nazianzus 75 months ago | reply

      This photo has been added to In search of the Divine.

    14. Jane in Colour 74 months ago | reply

      Wonderful photo, I have been here three times.

    15. londonstreetart2 66 months ago | reply

      Heh, this is a nice photo.
      I am creating an online guide to London - everything on one page.

      I'm featuring the Neasden Hindu Temple

      Would I be able to use this photograph?
      I could provide you with a credit and a link back to your site.

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