Europe’s first Hindu temple in Neasden thanks neighbours for their support

The event was organised to appreciate the temple's neighbours and older residents in the borough

The event was organised to appreciate the temple's neighbours and older residents in the borough - Credit: Archant

A temple in Neasden hosted two special events to thank its neighbours for their support as part of its 20th birthday celebrations.

On arrival at BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Brentfield Road, guests were welcomed by having their photograph taken with the temple backdrop which was later gifted to them as a memento of their visit.

The guest were then entertained with musicians, comedians, a colourful dance, various games and presentations, and a magic show, before being treated to a full vegetarian meal.

Sadhus (holy men) and trustees of the Mandir also offered their personal appreciation, thanking everyone for their invaluable contribution over the years.

More than 150 visitors enjoyed the events including representatives from three local schools, businesses (including IKEA, Tesco and Europcar), staff at the nearby health centre, priests from the local churches, and the neighbourhood police.

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The Mandir was Europe’s first Hindu temple when it opened in 1995.

Girish Patel, one of the volunteers at the Mandir, said: “Since then, it has become a valued part of Britain’s religious landscape and earned international acclaim for its architectural beauty.

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“In all these years though, even while we’ve had royalty, heads of state and various celebrities visit, we have never lost sight of one our most important supporters – our neighbours.”

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