Shri Swaminarayan Mandir is located in London, United Kingdom. This is one of the biggest temples outside India. It was built by Pramukh Swami, an Indian sadhu.

It was built with 2,828 tonnes of Italian marble. They were carved by 1,526 Indian sculptors. It took 5 years to build that beautiful temple in the UK. This temple is also known as Neasden. It recorded the largest concrete-pour in the UK.

4,500 tones were put down within 24 hours to made a foundation mat 1.8 meters and 5.9ft. One of the mandirs constructed mainly from hand-carved Italian Carrara marble and Bulgarian limestone. They held a permanent exhibition named, ‘Understanding Hinduism.’  They take GBP 2 fee to view this exhibition. But this Temple is open for everyone, regardless of nationality and religion.

3-D dioramas, ancient paintings, tableaux, and traditional craftwork, all devotees who visit there, will get to see in the exhibition. The visitors will also learn about the Indian culture and about the ancient saints of India and their great contributions to this humanity, how Hinduism and its philosophies impact one’s life.

BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Haveli is one of the attractions here. This colourful haveli is made of English oak trees. To compensate for the 226 oak trees, over 2,300 English oak Saplings were planted in Devon. This Haveli also incorporates energy features such as light wells.

– Viswanath Venkat Dasari

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