The first traditional Hindu Mandir temple in Europe, Neasden Temple took 3 years to build, 2,000 tonnes of Italian marble, 2,820 tonnes of Bulgarian limestone and 1,500 craftsmen. The result is a magnificent construction with marble pillars that stands out amidst other buildings of London’s skyline.
Inside, the walls are filled with motives of gods, carefully carved pillars, lavish thrones and other highly ornate details. The temple is used as a place of worship for those of the Hindu faith. The temple also contains the permanent exhibition ‘Understanding Hinduism” which presents a series of paintings and craftwork spread out over 3000 square feet. Diwali celebrations, sporting events, lectures and workshops also take place here, as well as educational activities.
Additionally, there is a restaurant on the premises serving vegetarian curries, chutneys, yoghurts and other Indian snacks. Entrance to the temple is free, with the exception of the exhibition for which there is a £2 fee. It is open daily between 9am and 6pm.
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It’s the biggest Hindu temple outside of India as well as one London’s most ornate constructions. Over 1,500 people worked on this building, which necessitated more than 2,000 tonnes of marble to be shipped over from Italy. Intricate carvings of gods and striking pillars feature inside the temple; from the outside, the breath-taking archways, domes and the surrounding gardens look like something out of an eastern myth. It certainly adds some pizzazz to relatively humdrum Neasden.