Neasden Temple

Neasden Temple

BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir – popularly known as ‘Neasden Temple’ – is the ultimate gift bequeathed by His Holiness Pramukh Swami Maharaj to this great nation.

It stands a masterpiece of traditional Hindu design and exquisite workmanship that rises serenely amid London’s iconic skyline, in continuation of the millennia-old Hindu tradition of worshipping the Divine through murtis (sacred images).

Since its opening in 1995, the Temple has so far welcomed more than 10.5 million worshippers and visitors from over 120 nations of all faiths and backgrounds. It has become an internationally acclaimed place of worship, learning and celebration, serving also as an integral part of the religious landscape of Britain and the local community.

Neasden Temple

BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS) is an international community-based Hindu organisation affiliated to the United Nations, caring for individuals, families and societies through its more than one million members, 55,000 volunteers and 3,850 centres.

Under the religious leadership of His Holiness Mahant Swami Maharaj, BAPS strives to build a righteous, peaceful and harmonious community that is spiritually elevated, inclusive, and free of addictions and violence.

All of the work of BAPS worldwide is grounded in the Vedic teachings of Bhagwan Swaminarayan (1781-1830) and inspired by His Holiness Pramukh Swami Maharaj (1921-2016), who embodied and taught the universal wisdom: “In the joy of others lies our own.”

BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha

In the UK, BAPS is respected as one of the largest and most active Hindu organisations in the country. It is particularly known for its multifarious charitable activities and the internationally acclaimed BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Neasden, London – popularly known as Neasden Temple.

BAPS UK & Europe

Pramukh Swami Maharaj (1921-2016) was loved and respected as one of the world’s great spiritual teachers. He lived by and preached the message: “In the joy of others lies our own.”

Pramukh Swami Maharaj travelled throughout the world, dedicating his life to the well-being of others, visiting more than 250,000 homes in 17,000 villages and cities in more than 50 countries, and personally counselling and comforting more than 810,000 people. He created over 1,100 Hindu mandirs internationally and ordained more than 900 youths into the monastic order to serve society and strive spiritually.

Driven by his quiet, undisturbed love for God, and with his genuine care and compassion for humanity, he inspired many international projects of public service and spiritual uplift, and is remembered as a “people’s guru”, reaching out to all, irrespective of age, class, colour or creed.

His innate humility, universal wisdom and striking simplicity transformed the lives of millions and touched several religious and national leaders. But most important of all was his quiet, undisturbed love for God, endowing him as an ambassador of love, peace and harmony in the world.

His Holiness Pramukh Swami Maharaj 

The ‘Festival of Inspiration’ is inspired by His Holiness Mahant Swami Maharaj (b. 1933), the sixth spiritual successor of Bhagwan Swaminarayan and present guru of BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha.

For over six decades, he served under the guidance of gurus Yogiji Maharaj and Pramukh Swami Maharaj, tirelessly visiting villages, towns and cities throughout India and the world. His striking humility, serene spirituality and profoundly insightful discourses continue to inspire and strengthen faith and higher living in countless people of all ages around the world.

His Holiness Mahant Swami Maharaj