Get away from the hussle and bussle of the City of London and no matter what the season. The BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir is the most peaceful and inspiring place in London where you can go on your own. Where you can clear your head or just enjoy a Sunday afternoon, without heading into town.
BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir is a masterpiece of traditional Hindu design and exquisite workmanship that rises serenely amid London's iconic skyline. Using 5,000 tonnes of Italian Carrara and Indian Ambaji marble and the finest Bulgarian limestone, it was hand-carved in India before being assembled in London.
Enjoy hours of beauty, peace and discovery at BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir – a masterpiece of exquisite Indian design and workmanship in the heart of London. Marvel at the intricate marble and wooden carvings, experience a traditional Hindu prayer ceremony, or learn about the world’s oldest living faith from the ‘Understanding Hinduism’ exhibition. Whatever you prefer, you can plan and prepare for your visit here.
On Saturdays, it hosts 2,000-strong prayer meetings. A souvenir shop sells henna kits, incense and photos of the deities. A permanent exhibition 'Understanding Hinduism' explains the history and philosophies of the world's oldest living religion through videos and dioramas. At November's Diwali celebrations, thousands came from all over the UK to offer their devotion, have their account books blessed (it is effectively the Hindu new year) and watch a spectacular firework display.
‘Understanding Hinduism’ Exhibition
Appreciated by both children and adults, this is a permanent exhibition spread over 3,000 square feet on the lower floor of the Mandir just opposite the Abhishek Mandap. Using 3D displays and traditional craftwork, it provides a valuable insight into the origin, beliefs and values of Hinduism. Visitors can also learn about the contribution of Hindu seers, and how the world’s oldest living faith is thriving today through traditions such as the Swaminarayan Sampradaya.
The exhibition also features a 11-minute documentary which narrates the Mandir’s religious significance and the story of its creation – from inception to ceremonial consecration.
Restaurant & Shop
Why not complete your visit with a meal at the delightful Shayona restaurant? With traditional Indian décor and mouth-watering vegetarian cuisine, it is the perfect way to experience some authentic tastes of India. Find it at the far end of the car park opposite the Mandir.
En route to the Restaurant is a delicatessen offering a selection of fine Indian sweets and snacks, while the adjoining shop also offers a wide range of Indian groceries and produce.
Find out more on their website.