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Visiting Shri Swaminarayan Mandir

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Lahti
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Visiting Shri Swaminarayan Mandir

A couple of questions on visiting the temple.

I understood that bags must be left outside the temple and shoes as well. Is there safety lockers available for bags and shoes outside the temple?

What's the best time of the day to visit the temple?

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2. Re: Visiting Shri Swaminarayan Mandir

http://www.mandir.org/

And Neasden is in London. It might be better to email the temple directly for detailed information.

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Thanks, I'll do that. I just thought that if there's someone who's been there before.

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4. Re: Visiting Shri Swaminarayan Mandir

Hi,

I visited the Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Neasden in 2010 and, despite being a bit of a trek from Central London, I found it was really amazing and worth it.

You cannot bring bags or cameras inside, so there is a manned container in the parking lot where you have to leave your bag with camera inside; the man will give you a numbered ticket so you can safely collect your bag before leaving (just like in museums' cloakrooms). Then you enter the temple going through airport-style security (X-rays, etc.); after security there are small rooms with unmanned racks where you must leave your shoes, before entering he 'sacred' area.

So: bags and cameras are perfectly safe; shoes may not, but I wouldn't worry.

People there were extremely welcoming: apparently they don't get many tourists there.

I strongly reccomend you visit.

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Thanks for your answer DottIng! I am really looking forward to my visit to the temple. Maybe it's a little bit stupid to be worried if my shoes are safe, but I am, ahaha!

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6. Re: Visiting Shri Swaminarayan Mandir

Hi taralant,

you may always leave your 'good' shoes inside the bag and wear some old slippers (or anything you don't mind to leave unattended) while walking through security.

Just bear in mind that the parking lot where you leave your valuables is across the road.

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7. Re: Visiting Shri Swaminarayan Mandir

The Temple is usually packed with school kids during term time but still worth a visit. I always enjoy the arti service. Trust me, your shoes will be safe just make sure you wear them when visiting the toilet!

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8. Re: Visiting Shri Swaminarayan Mandir

If you are interested in hindu temples, you may as well consider this newer one in Wembley:

http://www.svnuk.org/wembley-temple

…bbc.co.uk/2/…8709575.stm

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/10196332

I haven't been there yet, but I plan to do so next time I'm in London, in June.

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9. Re: Visiting Shri Swaminarayan Mandir

There is also the new Sikh temple, the Shri Guru Nanak Darbar Gurdwara, in Gravesend which is less than 20 mins by train from Stratford International but is not covered by Oyster/Travelcard (£15.10 return fare). Not visited it myself though.

http://www.gurunanakdarbar.org/

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10. Re: Visiting Shri Swaminarayan Mandir

And a really lovely Sikh Temple in Ilford that sits sureally between ugly 60s office blocks half way between the Seven King's and the Ilford railway stations.

redbridgerenet.co.uk/gurdwara-9-05/longshot.…