MAY 18,2013 - MAY 18,2013 (1 DAYS)
Shri Swaminarayan Mandir - Neasden Hindu Mandir - Half a day. Whatever your religion, this is a wonderful place of worship:
Start & End: Stonebridge Park Station.
Weather: Good idea for a rainy day. Keep in mind you'll need 20 minutes walk from the station (and another 20 minutes back...). Very well signposted along this trek... Another option: Bakerloo line, Harlesden Station, zone 3., From there by buses (No. 208, 216, 18) which drive 10 minutes directly to the temple.
From Stonebridge Park Station head east toward Argenta Way. Slight right onto Argenta Way and turn left onto N Circular Rd. Walk 150 m. and turn right onto Harrow Rd. Follow Harrow Rd. and turn left onto Conduit Way. Walk 500 m. and continue straight onto Meadow Garth. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Brentfield Rd. The Temple will be on the right.
Note: No photography inside. You are not allowed to take pictures even at the yard of the temple. You leave your camera (with the security in the booth opposite the temple) and shoes in a secure place outside the building or just inside the entrance with the security personnel.
Duration: The entire temple can be seen in about 1-2 hours (longer if you want to browse through the gift shop).
Orientation: Amazing, peaceful, relaxing. truely a gem of London. The Neasden temple is a great day out with the family. Entrance is free ,but if you wish to see the Vedanta exhibition there's a small fee. I'd strongly recommend if you want to have a taste of Indian temples without traveling outside Europe.
The Mandir temple gives you an excellent idea about the architecture of Indian Temples, especially the marble (outside) and wood (inside) carvings.
The temple is really very beautiful. Walking around is a peaceful and amazing experience. Inside it's quite and peaceful. If you are not familiar with Hindu culture it would probably take you couple of hours to go through the whole complex and daily ceremonies.
A breathtaking masterpiece. A relaxing and peaceful place, out of the busy hustle and bustle of the city of London.
Tip: Come around the Diwali to see the temple decorated and at its best. Preparations are being put in place for thousands of people. Dress sensibly and courteously.
Once through - women in the right, men on the left. Men and women are separated in the prayer hall as well. An ideal place to get de-stressed. It is open to all, whatever your religion or faith might be. The video inside explains and shows that detailed precision of building this wonder from scratch to this glorified monumental place of meditation, thinking and grander. You may stay for a short pray service at lunch time (about 11.15 or 11.30) or during the afternoon (16.00) (30 min.). You sit down (on the floor) and relax into the atmosphere of the place. The exhibition on Hinduism is insightful and educational. Note the spectacular one-piece carpets inside.
Do checkout the Shayona restaurant ! It is on the pricey side but most worth it and lots of vegetarian dishes to choose from. They make everything fresh within 2-3 hours of serving.
There is a shop inside the temple selling all sorts of religious stuffs and souvenirs.
Also a big supermarket in the complex selling all sorts of Indian grocery, vegetables and spices.