Understanding Hinduism at BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir
BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir
105-119 Brentfield Road
020 8965 2651
020 8965 6313
BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir is the first traditional Hindu Mandir in Europe. 2,820 tones of Bulgarian limestone and 2,000 tonnes of Italian Carrara marble were shipped to India, carved by over 1,500 craftsmen and reshipped to London. In all 26,300 carved pieces were assembled like a giant jigsaw puzzle in less than 3 years. It is a miracle of modern times worked by over a thousand volunteers. The complex also includes a large exhibition - Understanding Hinduism - which describes the history of the religion, and the discoveries of early Hindus.
Architecture centre, Sacred space
9.00am to 6.00pm
Entrance Fees for 'Understanding Hinduism' exhibition:
Children (Age 6-16) £1.50
Senior Citizens £1.50
*Price includes entrance to the Exhibition and Video presentation.
Audio Guide is available for free.
Please note: Entry to the Mandir and Haveli is free of charge.
Access: Wheelchairs available; lift for disabled visitors.
The 'Understanding Hinduism' exhibition describes the glory and greatness of Hinduism and the significant contributions by India in all fields. The permanent exhibition is spread over 3000 square feet on the ground floor. The ancient wisdom is presented through appealing visual effects, paintings, tableaux and traditional craftwork. The exhibition systematically deals with the origin, beliefs, glory and contribution of Hindu seers and scholars in the field of mathematics, astronomy, medicine, education and religion. The illustrious heroes of faith and culture such as Nachiketa, Shravan, Rantideva, Sita - presented in colorful 3-D miniature dioramas - eloquently reflect the core of Hindu ethics and culture.
The Video Presentation explains how the Mandir was built, and traces the various stages of construction and how the Murtis were installed. The significance of the Mandir is explained together with a brief on the various activities that take within the Mandir.
Architecture, Decorative and Applied Art, Design, Fine Art, Medicine, Personalities, Religion, Science and Technology, World Cultures
Key artists and exhibits