Sunday 30 October 2016

Diwali is one of the most important and colourful festivals of the Hindu calendar. It is a time when charity, goodwill, family values and the love of God are celebrated and reinforced.
BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Neasden, London hosts the largest Diwali and Hindu New Year celebrations in the country. Open to one and all, the celebrations are an opportunity for the whole family to enjoy the traditions, colours and rich culture of the Hindu faith.


Open all day until 9pm

Chopda Pujan

5pm to 6pm
Haveli Assembly Hall


Out of respect for the recent passing of His Holiness Pramukh Swami Maharaj, there will be no Diwali fireworks display this year

Hot Snacks

12 noon onwards
Shayona Marquee

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Getting Here


Ample free parking will be available at Euro Car Parts (old site at Fulton Road, HA9 0TF) and Unisys (next to Bridge Park Community Leisure Centre, NW10 0RG), with shuttle services operating from 5.00pm onwards.

Public Transport

Bus 206 and 224 will operate their normal service.


TfL will operate shuttle buses from Neasden Station to the Mandir. These will commence at 4pm and operate every 10 minutes until 5.30pm, then increase to every 8 minutes until 7pm. The service will return from the Mandir to Neasden Station every 8 minutes until 9.30pm.


If you are coming to the Mandir by public transport please use the widget below from Transport for London

Journey Planner

Contact Us

BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir
105-119 Brentfield Road
Neasden, London NW10 8LD, UK
T: +44 (0)20 8965 2651
F: +44 (0)20 8965 6313
E: [email protected]

Visitor Information


Open all day until 8pm

Chopda Pujan & Sabha

5.15pm to 7.10pm
Haveli Assembly Hall

Fireworks Display

7.50pm to 8.15pm
Gibbons Park, behind The Swaminarayan School

Hot Snacks

12 noon onwards
Diwali Village, in The Swaminarayan School grounds


Wheelchair access and lifts available

Visitor Guidelines

Learn More

    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.