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Neasden Temple

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Having bored you to death with some photos of Paris, I though I'd surprise you and show you a photo from... ...London! Believe it or not, this temple is slap bang in the middle of a semi-industrial, semi-suburban area of North West London. To be honest, it's not the best of areas, which makes this even more amazing.

 

I've called this, "Neasden Temple," although it's proper name is Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha Shri Swaminarayan Mandir London. I guess you can now see why I have used it's nickname. It is actually the biggest Hindu temple in use outside India. When I first saw it, I thought it looked quite Cambodian. Turns out that Angkor Wat is bigger than this, but no longer used as a Hindu temple. It cost 12 million pounds to build and was funded entirely by the Hindu community. Traditional methods and materials were used to make it and was the first traditional Hindu stone temple in Europe. It was also the largest concrete pour in the UK. It is constructed using 2,828 tonnes of Bulgarian limestone and 2,000 tonnes of Italian Carrara marble.

 

I rushed to get here for sunset, but the bus took forever. I caught the tail end of it, but it turns out the sun was in the wrong direction, so I settled for a blue hour shot. It's surprisingly hard to get a decent angle of this place. When I arrived, everyone was pouring out of their worship and there were signs on the gate saying no photos (and security guards to back it up). I was taking a snap though the gates with my iPhone, when an Indian women came up to me and asked why I didn't go into the courtyard. I said because there was no cameras allowed and, as I was wearing shorts, I didn't want to cause offence either. She said it was fine and talked to the guys on the gate. I'm not sure what she said, but they let me in!

 

I set up my tripod and reeled of a few groups of seven-exposure shots. I thanked the security guards on the gate as I left and had to then get a bus back through the deepest, darkest parts of the North (Wild) West. At least now I've added a Hindu temple to my collection of church and mosque shots.

 

This shot is hugely detailed, so please take time to view it a little larger. (Press L) I would link the the original 5500px photo, but people may steal it.

 

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Details

Canon EOS 5D Mark II / ISO 100 / f/13 / 17-40mm @ 26mm

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Taken on August 14, 2011