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Subject: Re: Religious Architecture Sat Nov 16, 2013 7:45 pm
BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Europe’s first traditional Hindu temple.
Located in Neasden, north London – and popularly known as the ‘Neasden Temple’ – the Mandir is a masterpiece of Indian stonework and craftsmanship, replete with its towering white pinnacles, smooth domes and intricate marble pillars, all based on ancient Vedic principles of art and architecture. It is dedicated to Bhagwan Swaminarayan, whose fifth spiritual successor, His Holiness Pramukh Swami Maharaj, is also the Mandir’s creator and the spiritual leader of BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS). Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS) is a socio-spiritual Hindu organization with its roots in the Vedas. It was revealed by Bhagwan Swaminarayan (1781-1830) in the late 18th century and established in 1907 by Shastriji Maharaj (1865-1951).