Understanding Hinduism at BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir

Neasden Temple, BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, London
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"Understanding Hinduism" is a permanent exhibition located on the lower floor of the acclaimed BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Neasden, London - popularly known as the 'Neasden Temple'. Spread over 3,000 square feet, it provides an educative insight into the values and wisdom of Hinduism through 3D dioramas, paintings, tableaux and traditional craftwork.
Visitors can learn about the origin, beliefs and values of Hinduism, the contribution of Hindu seers, and how this ancient religion is thriving today through traditions such as the Swaminarayan Sampradaya.
The exhibition also features an 11-minute documentary which narrates the Mandir’s religious significance and the story of its creation – from inception to ceremonial consecration.

Venue Type:

Architecture centre, Sacred space

Opening hours

9.00am to 6.00pm

Admission charges

Entrance Fees for 'Understanding Hinduism' exhibition:
Adults £2.00
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.

Additional info

Access: Wheelchairs available; lift for disabled visitors.

The 'Understanding Hinduism' exhibition forms a part of BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir - a masterpiece of traditional Hindu design and exquisite Indian workmanship in the heart of London. Using 5,000 tonnes of Italian and Indian marble and the finest Bulgarian limestone, the temple was hand-carved in India before being assembled in London in just 2½ years.
Since its opening in 1995, this renowned place of worship attracts over half a million visitors every year. They come to marvel at the intricate carvings, experience a traditional Hindu prayer ceremony, or learn about the world’s oldest living faith. It is open to everyone, all year round. Entry is free.

Collection details

Architecture, Decorative and Applied Art, Design, Fine Art, Medicine, Personalities, Religion, Science and Technology, World Cultures

Key artists and exhibits

  • Auspicious Welcome
  • Origins, Growth, Beliefs
  • Hinduism for the Individual
  • Hinduism for Society
  • Hinduism for the World
  • The Swaminarayan Sampradaya (Tradition)
  • Hinduism Today

Understanding Hinduism at BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir
BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir
105-119 Brentfield Road
Greater London
NW10 8LD







020 8965 2651


020 8965 6313

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