Open all day until 7.30pm
5.30pm to 6.30pm
Haveli Assembly Hall
8.00pm to 8.30pm
(Behind The Swaminarayan School)
Parking will be available at Wembley Park’s Pink Car Park from 9.00am to 10.00pm. Shuttle buses to and from the Mandir will be in operation throughout these times.
For families with disability badge-holders, please contact us at email@example.com or phone the Mandir for special arrangements.
Transport for London will be operating a special bus service on Sunday 12 November for Diwali visitors to Neasden Temple.
From Neasden Station to the Mandir (Brentfield Road) every 10 minutes from 5.30pm to 6.45pm
From the Mandir (Brentfield Road) to Neasden Station every 8 minutes after the fireworks display until 9.30pm
BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir
Pramukh Swami Road
Neasden, London NW10 8HW, UK
T: +44 (0)20 8965 2651
F: +44 (0)20 8965 6313
Please visit neasdentemple.org/diwali for all the latest and full details to help make your experience as safe and enriching as possible.
Diwali is often referred to as the ‘Festival of Light’, and is traditionally marked by placing decorated oil lamps (each called a (‘deepa’) in rows (‘avali’) – hence the Sanskrit name, ‘Deepavali’.
This practice can be traced to the return of Bhagwan Rama to Ayodhya after vanquishing the evil King Ravana. The people of Ayodhya celebrated his return by lining the streets with oil lamps and decorating their front yards with colourful patterned designs (called a rangoli).
Diwali thus celebrates the triumph of good over evil and is a reminder to dispel inner darkness with the light of God’s presence.