Visitor Opinions – Groups
We were unsure what to expect when booking a Tour at the Shri Swaminarayan Mandir at Neasden, but our group, consisting of 71 people, was extremely impressed with the whole experience. We were met by our guide who was so interesting and helpful throughout our visit which included a tour of some of the Temple, attending a Ceremony, viewing the extraordinary carvings of obviously very talented craftsmen and an exhibition explaining a little about Hinduism and the Gods. We came away having learnt so much about this fascinating place and it’s people. It was a real education to us, most of us knew so little about Hinduism. I would recommend it to everyone. You can go in for a short visit, or spend several hours. Our visit was completed with a lunch at the restaurant which was also extremely enjoyable.
Aston Clinton U3A
Vale of Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire
7 February 2018
I would like to say how much our group enjoyed our visit to the temple yesterday. We learnt a lot, both from the exhibition and the many volunteers who talked to us and were so helpful. Our guide took us through a very interesting and wide-ranging discussion which was so involving that we were late for lunch!
Once again, many thanks and all best wishes for the future of the temple.
Bookham and District U3A
2 February 2018
On behalf of the London Appreciation Society, I am writing to thank you very much indeed for our excellent visit to the Mandir last Friday. I would particularly like you to thank the guide, for his patience, kindness and detailed answering of our questions. He did an excellent job.
Our group enjoyed watching the Prayer Service and being allowed out onto the balcony to see the gardens. They were also very interested in the exhibition.
Once again, very many thanks.
London Appreciation Society
25 January 2018
I write to offer my most sincere thanks to you for a wonderful visit to the Mandir yesterday. We were received with great courtesy and kindness by every one of your staff.
I would particularly like to thank our guide for his excellent briefing; he made the tour very special and he was very clear and knowledgeable; we all gained much from listening to him.
It was a great visit and I am indebted to you for your personal support. I will certainly come again. You have a very special place and the achievement of raising such a magnificent building in London with all the effort involved is staggering.
The College of St George
11 December 2017
A very big thank you for our excellent visit to the Temple today. Everyone found the tour fascinating and the temple stunning. Many of them commented as to how welcoming you were. The restaurant also gave us an excellent buffet lunch and I think many people will be returning!!
Friends of Pitzhanger Manor and Gallery
Walpole Park, London
27 November 2017
The group had a very enjoyable visit. It was quite a long journey for us by public transport, traveling from Essex but it was well worth it. Everybody in the group remarked on the beautiful building ,and the guide’s talk gave us an insight into the Hindu faith. A most enjoyable day.
18 November 2017
We all found our visit so very interesting and we appreciated the opportunity to have some insight into the Hindu faith. Thank you all for making our whole group so welcome.
Sarratt & District U3A
17 November 2017
We are thankful for being introduced to the Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Neasdan.
The outside and interior of the Mandir are a delight to behold and enjoy. The materials used, the craftsmanship and the beautiful layout convey the desired sense of peace and tranquillity so necessary in our modern life.
The arti ceremony, the video and the exhibition were very interesting and informative.
Our Group had a very enjoyable visit.
On behalf of the Socratic Group, I thank the administration of the Mandir for making the visit a very pleasant experience.
Capt. Joan Jaffrey
10 September 2017
Thank you so much for arranging the tour. It was a great experience and the tour guide was very informative and helpful. All our tour members really enjoyed the experience.
Southeast Seniors Club
23 July 2017
We really enjoyed our visit. It was really interesting to hear about how the temple was built and gain so much insight into the Hindu faith.
We were treated very courteously, given just the right amount of information and everyone’s questions were answered.
I would certainly recommend it to other similar groups.
Above all your temple is so amazingly beautiful and such a surprising sight in the middle of Neasden.
Barnet U3A London History Group
9 June 2017
A huge thank you to everybody at the temple who gave us such a wonderful day on Friday 2nd June. Our group were in awe of this wonderful building. We had a lovely guide who shared your culture with us and we came away with a better understanding of your faith. He was so patient with us and answered many of our questions. I am sure we will visit again.
Once again, I would like to thank everybody from the security guards, assistants in and around the temple who gave us such a warm and friendly and courteous welcome, and of course our lovely guide for the day.
4 June 2017
May I thank the Mandir and all the organizing members who had made our visit to the temple a wonderful and memorable day for all those who attended.
I was really impressed with the video show that was organised for us and also the visit to the temple at the correct time.
All the visitors found it very interesting and have now been enlightened about Hinduism.
It was really nice that a minute silence (in respect of the bombing at Manchester) was observed at the end of the Q&A.
The people were awed by the arrangement for the room given to us for refreshments next to Shayona and also for the catering that was supplied.
Rotary Club of South Woodham Ferrers
31 May 2017
Thank you. We enjoyed our visit to BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir yesterday. Your introduction and explanations of Hinduism were very much appreciated and discussed on our journey home. Sadly the rain was an unfortunate feature which may have prevented us seeing more of the external structure although it led to more visiting the shop and restaurant; each interesting in their own way.
Our thanks to all your staff who were so willing to answer questions and point us in the right direction whilst we wandered amongst the beautiful carving everywhere.
London & South-East Walkers
18 May 2017
The Trefoil group really enjoyed the visit and we all felt it was a lovely opportunity to learn about the building of your Temple and your faith. The welcome was so sincere and we were all happy to be in your beautiful building sharing the experience of peace and tranquillity.
We have spread the word in Amersham about our visit and hope you get some Guides or Brownies make the trip.
Amersham Trefoil Guild
10 May 2017
On behalf of Tunbridge Wells U3A, I should like to thank you so much for a most interesting and informative tour of the Shri Swaminarayan Mandir yesterday. I thoroughly enjoyed all of it and there were so many lovely comments. Please thank the gentleman who was our guide; he was so kind and gave us a good insight into Hinduism and answered our questions so eloquently.
Tunbridge Wells U3A
Tunbridge Wells, Kent
3 May 2017
It was so nice of you to take your valuable time out and show our group around your wonderful Mandir. We all had a great time and everyone came back so enriched. On behalf of the Crondall WI I would extend my thanks to you and all concerned. You are doing a great job in helping locals understand our culture and I pray to the almighty to continue giving you and your team the strength to serve all.
Crondal Women’s Institute
20 April 2017
On Thursday I brought a ladies’ group to visit the Temple. The feedback from the members was very positive. The ladies enjoyed and found the guide’s talk extremely informative and thought-provoking. The responses by the temple guide to questions asked showed consideration and wisdom. Please thank him for his time and professionalism.
The members were obviously impressed with the beauty and serenity of the temple and the kindness of the staff and volunteers who are a credit to your faith. Thank you for the experience.
19 March 2017
Please pass on our thanks to all at the Mandir for making the visit last Saturday so worthwhile and interesting. Everyone was most welcoming and the guidance and talk given in the Haveli Prayer Hall was fascinating and educational and opened our eyes on another side of life.
In the end there were 20 of us from Selsdon Camera Club who made the visit and all went away knowing that they would like to return for another visit in the future.
We had an excellent lunch at the Shayona Restaurant.
Selsdon Camera Club
14 March 2017
Thank you for a most enjoyable visit today. We had a wonderful guide who took us through some of the tenets of Hinduism. We were then able to attend the Arti, which was a beautiful ceremony. The setting was magnificent and very inspiring.
All the group were full of praise for everything we experienced and in particular, I should like to thank our guide for his help and for the ‘goodies’ – including the book – which he very kindly gave us.
21 February 2017
We had a great time at BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir yesterday. All my clients enjoy the visit and also buy souvenirs at your shop. The visit was real interesting and informative with a good video and a fantastic talk from your temple’s representative. People are so kind and patient with my elders. Will definitely recommend other groups to pay a visit there. Also I would like to thank him for the souvenirs bags he gave to myself and my volunteer. Thank you.
Chinese National Healthy Living Centre
17 February 2017
Unfortunately I forgot to check the name of the gentleman who guided us today through the Mandir. He was a superb guide and explained to us about the Hindu religion. He was very informative and didn’t mind answering any of our questions. We thank him very much for his time and kindness.
The tranquil atmosphere of the Mandir as well as the beautiful building is a wonderful experience. I will try and visit with a group another time and will happily recommend your wonderful Mandir to other U3As in my area.
Chess Valley U3A
16 February 2017
At the end of our meeting I expressed our thanks to the BAPS and especially to you for the welcome that our party received and for your kindness and consideration to us all. During our journey home virtually every member of the party took the opportunity to say what a wonderful morning it had been. I suspect that many will wish to visit you again and my wife and I certainly will if the opportunity arises.
11 February 2017
Thank you for the welcome today. We all enjoyed our visit and thought the staff in the Temple and restaurant were very friendly. Thank you once again for our visit.
Worcester Park Women’s Institute
Worcester Park, Surrey
7 February 2017
I write to you on behalf of our U3A group to say how much we enjoyed the visit and the guide and explanation by the Manager. I have mentioned it to several friends who will, I am sure, also arrange a visit.
Personally, I particularly admired the exquisite carved marble work in the dome of the Mandir.
My thanks for your assistance throughout the pre-visit period. It was much appreciated as was the help we were given during the visit.
Best wishes for the future success of the entire complex.
Mill Hill U3A
Mill Hill, Barnet, London
5 February 2017
My group from the Wokingham U3A thank you for a most enlightening and enjoyable visit on Wednesday to the Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Neasden. We also had a most delicious lunch at the Shayona Restaurant.
26 January 2017
We all thoroughly enjoyed our visit on Wednesday, both to the Temple and the restaurant after. I think quite a lot of the participants have been to India in the past, and the visit added to our knowledge of the Hindu faith and the Swaminarayan tradition in particular.
For most of the time our guide was excellent, very interesting and willing to answer whatever we asked. I have had some very positive feedback from members about their visit so in all it was very successful. I have, myself, recommended other people to visit for themselves.
Kingston Decorative and Fine Arts Society
Kingston upon Thames, Surrey
13 January 2017
Thank you very much for hosting our visit. All of my group enjoyed the morning and found it very interesting. We were able to join in with a religious ceremony and felt welcomed by members of the temple. Our official guide was very friendly and happy to take the time to answer all of our questions. We came away knowing a lot more about the Hindu faith in general and the religious and social practices of your Mandir in particular. Several of my friends have recommended the visit to others! Thank you again
Marden Culture Group
13 January 2017
We cannot thank you enough for organising our trip to the Mandir. Our huge thanks goes to our guide. Everyone felt very spiritual after the visit and felt that the Mandir had a quality of peace, calm and spirituality. The guide’s talk on Hinduism in general and the Swaminarayan way in particular was enlightening and informative. We all felt we gained a lot from the visit specially a deeper understanding of the Hindu religion. My friends were also impressed by the cohesiveness of the Swaminarayan community and its generosity.
Verity Appointments & Veracity Education
13 December 2016
Please would you convey our sincere thanks to everyone involved in making our visit so memorable. We really appreciated the kindness and friendship shown to us. As witnessed by the number of questions you received from our members, you can see how interested and overawed we were by BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir. We were enthralled by the building and are very grateful to you for explaining the significance and importance of the customs and story of Hinduism.
Friends of Bristol Museums, Galleries & Archives
25 November 2016
Thank you for your follow up email. Our entire group enjoyed every aspect of the visit. The Mandir is beautiful. I was especially impressed with the prayer service and the overwhelming calm feeling that overcame me. Thank you again!
Northwood Area Women’s Club
23 November 2016
We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir on 12 Oct 16. We were made to feel extremely welcome and from the moment we entered one could feel the peaceful and spiritual atmosphere.
The building and gardens are truly magnificent – far beyond what we imagined it would be like. From a non-Hindu visitor’s perspective, it was informative and educational and the video on how it was built was inspirational.
In today’s multi-cultural, multi-denominational British society, this is a fantastic place for Hindus to pray and non-Hindus to be able to understand the history and meaning of Hinduism.
It was a real privilege to be able to visit.
Rotary Club of Washington
Washington, Tyne & Wear
19 October 2016
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you and the team at the Mandir for such an excellent, interesting and stimulating tour today. All the ladies from the Women’s Institute were in agreement about how much we enjoyed our day with you. In particular the talk and explanation we had from the guide was extremely thought-provoking enabling a far greater insight into the Hindu beliefs and strong pacifist values which incidentally fit in with the Women’s Institute culture of pursuing a non violent and caring community.
Then to finish with such a wonderful lunch – a perfect day. Please pass our thanks onto your Restaurant.
Aylesbury Town Women’s Institute
17 October 2016
The ladies from Sarratt WI really enjoyed their visit to BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir on Friday and thought the morning well managed. The introductory video was a good way to start the visit and then the free access to the beautiful temple, allowing us to take our time to enjoy this impressive space was very much appreciated. It was good for us to learn something about the Hindu faith, giving us a better understanding of our neighbours and we will certainly encourage other WI groups to visit you.
Sarratt Women’s Institute
17 October 2016
I write to you to express our thanks and appreciation for the time that we spent at BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir.
Everyone that we encountered at the Temple was welcoming and the guide that we had was informative and pitched his talk to us at just the right level. A number of participants have subsequently expressed to me their appreciation of the visit which we all found, whatever our backgrounds, to be stimulating and educational. A few of the group had made prior visits to India and our visit to Neasden helped to develop their understanding of Hinduism further.
Please do pass on our thanks and gratitude to all who were involved in our visit, which did so much to develop an understanding and appreciation of Hinduism, which given our different cultures and traditions, we would, for the most part, not have had if it were not for our visit.
I expect that you may be seeing one or two of us again!
Chipstead Probus Club
2 October 2016
Our visit to BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir today was wonderful. My party of 28 were absolutely fascinated by their visit. Our guided tour was so informative, and we were lucky to be able to attend one of the celebration services, which was an added bonus for us. There was not one thing we would have you change. Our whole experience was wonderful. Please don’t change anything.
Holland Haven Women’s Institute
13 September 2016
The ladies of Stowe Nine Churches WI [Women’s Institute] were very impressed with the grandeur of the building and learnt a lot about the Hindu faith. They thought all of the people they came into contact with were very friendly and welcoming and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience of the Mandir.
The organization prior to the visit was very slick.
The restaurant buffet lunch was exceptionally good value and much enjoyed by everyone.
We will recommend a visit by other WI groups.
Stowe Nine Churches Women’s Institute
5 September 2016
I was part of a recent visit made by Stowe IX Churches WI to the London Mandir and would like to commend all involved for their hospitality and welcome. It is a truly beautiful building that gave me a wonderful feeling of peace and the people were most helpful and informative. I am glad that I made the visit as it has lead to a much greater understanding. Thank you.
Stowe Nine Churches Women’s Institute
21 August 2016
I just wanted to email and say a big thank you from all of us who attended a guided visit to the Temple last week. We came from Barnet Mencap and I was so impressed with how friendly and helpful all the staff at the temple were. You took time to explain and guide us and the group I took thoroughly enjoyed themselves and said they would like to return. It is a fantastic and very interesting place to visit and I’m sure we will visit again. Many thanks again.
20 August 2016
I am sure I can speak for all the party in saying how much we appreciated the visit to the Mandir. From the moment we arrived we were warmly greeted and given an introduction to the building of the Mandir and the Hindu Religion.
The Understanding Hinduism Exhibition was first class and so informative one could have easily spent a lot more time taking all the information in.
And then to the Prayer Service, very calming and interesting, in its most impressive Chapel.
Then to the Restaurant to be warmly welcomed by the Manageress and a very interesting and tasty buffet meal.
After this we returned to the Mandir and outside a few of us had the pleasure of meeting one of your younger members who gave us her personal experiences of being a member and worshipping at the Mandir and how much it meant to her. Thank You.
Anthony Peter Head
Higham & Rushden U3A
25 July 2016
On behalf of my group from the Rotary Club of Melton Mowbray Belvoir, I would like to thank you for the welcome and courtesy extended to us during our visit to your Temple yesterday. We were most certainly in awe of the quality of workmanship used to produce such a truly magnificent building, having manufactured all the individual parts in India before transporting them to London and erecting it in Neasden.
The manner of the construction, using only volunteer labour from within your community is very inspiring, and just goes to show what can be achieved when a community pulls together.
Your presentation about the basis of your religion was very interesting, and whilst I, like others within our group, would not claim to be deeply religious, there were many similarities between our beliefs as Rotarians and yours within the Hindu faith.
I would certainly recommend a visit to your temple for anyone wanting to see what can be achieved when one puts the needs of their community before that of themselves.
Melton Mowbary Belvoir, Leicestershire
25 July 2016
I fully intended to write to you to say what a wonderful visit and experience my group had today.
We were warmly greeted at the gate and the wheel chair which had been requested by one of my members was there waiting for us.
The gentlemen in the baggage cabin were helpful and the staff that we met as we entered the Haveli were equally helpful. Our guide who gave the group a presentation and looked after us was a very sincere and spiritual person. In fact the group were so impressed with his talk we overstayed our allotted time. Everyone warmed to his easy manner and enjoyed asking questions which he very ably and eloquently answered.
Also being able to attend some of your ceremonies was very special for us and we found the whole experience very uplifting.
I should add that the ladies cloakroom was spotlessly clean as was all areas of the Mandir and Haveli. Your members must work very hard to keep everything looking pristine.
The group were also delighted with the lunch at Shayona and we would rate our visit as first class.
So to conclude I would like to say a very big thank you to everyone at the Mandir. We left feeling calm, peaceful and very privileged to have enjoyed the spiritual ambience of the Mandir. We shall treasure the memories of our visit.
22 June 2016
Thank you for the simple & easy management of our group booking & for the support relating to our visit to your stunning Mandir last Saturday. All of us found our visit most interesting & enjoyable.
I am also pleased to add a few comments received from some of my group as below:
– We’re very pleased to have been; overwhelmed by the mandir & very impressed with the kindness and tolerance of the Hindu staff; and voted our Shayona meal one of the best Indian foods we’ve had. Nice people too… Big Thanks once again.
– I just wanted to say a massive thank you for an amazing day yesterday. It was a real privilege to visit a temple so local yet so beautiful.. And the talks were very informative.
– I must have gone past the road for Neasden Temple a thousand times and had no idea it was there! Most interesting and enjoyable day and meal.
New River Walkers
13 June 2016
Thank you so much for a lovely visit to your beautiful Temple. We all felt very welcome and the gentleman who guided us was superb in his explanations and was very kind to all of the elderly residents on our trip. We hope to come again in the future.
Sunrise Senior Living
2 June 2016
Thank you for such a wonderful day. My members were very impressed with the Temple and many are/have returned. I feel that your warm and friendly hosting has made many think about what you have to offer and it is a wonderful way to bridge gaps.
Thank you again and we look forward to a return visit.
30 May 2016
I am writing, belatedly, to thank your staff most sincerely for making our visit to the Mandir last Wednesday (18th) so memorable. Our guide was most welcoming, gracious and informative.
We were a party of 16 ladies (senior citizens) and, as the first visitors to the Mandir that morning, we felt privileged to be shown around the amazing Haveli with its beautiful woodcarvings and the exquisite Carrera marble interior of the Mandir. It was so interesting to learn so much about the magnificent buildings and, of course, the Hindu religion. We were delighted to attend the morning Aarti ceremony.
We spent time in the souvenir shop and our visit was completed by a superb lunch in the Shayona Restaurant… and then a few of us making purchases in the grocery shop. We all said that we would tell friends about the tour or return again to visit as, due to the bad weather, it was not possible to walk around the gardens last week.
Many thanks again.
Angela M. Green
Cassiobury Townswomen’s Guild
26 May 2016
On behalf of the Basildon and Billericay U3A I would like to thank you for our memorable visit to BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir.
Your Temple is incredibly beautiful. Its construction was conceived with love, constructed with love and is now being run with love. We had been told of the Temple and seen photographs of the building but nothing prepared us for the impact of the beauty of the Temple.
Please thank your colleagues for us. It is the first time that most of us have been inside a Hindu Temple and we were grateful for the support and guidance that they gave us.
Basildon and Billericay U3A
3 May 2016
We all enjoyed our visit to the mandir. The building is breathtakingly beautiful. We were all amazed. I think we all have a greater understanding of the Hindu faith and can see many parallels with Christianity. Everyone was helpful to us. Thank you.
For Pure Pleasure (Senior Citizens)
14 March 2016
Many thanks again for the fantastic visit and your very kind hospitality. All the children
Please pass on our thanks to everyone who was involved in our visit yesterday. The Beavers thoroughly enjoyed their visit and learnt a lot.
16th Hendon Beaver Colony
13 March 2016
Many thanks again for the fantastic visit and your very kind hospitality. All the children and adults found it very interesting and a great experience to witness the ceremony at 7pm. The film was also a very good idea.
If we had had longer then perhaps we could have learned more about the Hindu gods and the philosophy, but you did a good job of explaining some of that during the question-and-answer section.
Many thanks again to you and your colleagues for a memorable visit!
9th Muswell Hill Tuesday Cub Pack
Muswell Hill, London
24 February 2016
Thank you for a very informative and enjoyable visit. Many women in the group told me that they thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
Thank you for your hospitality at such a beautiful and sacred place.
Ghar Se Ghar Welfare Group
3 February 2016
The tour that we took on the morning of Saturday 16th January was excellent. We brought 11 Cubs from the 1st City of London Cub Scout Pack and they were kept interested and inquisitive throughout. Please pass my thanks on to our tour guide for doing an excellent job of informing us about the temple, Hinduism and the many traditions of the religion, and also for keeping the Cubs in line!
I really enjoyed the Arti ceremony and would like to come back to visit again soon so that I can spend some more time going around the museum.
1st City of London Cub Scout Group
29 January 2016
We were exceptionally pleased with our visit and tour and the Restaurant afterwards. Everyone was smiling at the end of the visit and I have received thanks to pass on from many of our group.
We all found the exhibition very enlightening as it demonstrated how the Hindu Religion has adapted over its long history to become a true 21st century force for good. If only other religions could search their heart to adapt to modern day life and still be beneficial to the rest of society the world would be a better place.
Towcester U3A London Explorers
21 October 2015
We thought the visit was absolutely fascinating and enlightening. From the first view of the outside of the temple, through the film and the service, everything was well presented.
Our lecturer/host was charming, knowledgeable and erudite and made everything interesting. His answers to a wide variety of questions from the group were considered and explicit.
It’s a trip we would recommend to anyone.
Barby & Roger Slater
Hertford & District U3A
13 October 2015
I am writing to express our sincere thanks for the kind reception you gave us on our visit to the Mandir last Monday 28th September. All of my group were overwhelmed by the beauty of the Temple and the time you gave us in answering all our questions. I have already had a number of our members telling me they are planning to come back again in the future with friends and family for a further visit.
8 October 2015
Everyone who came along on the trip had nothing but praise for the enjoyable day that we had. The temple was very interesting and we found that everyone that we met was extremely helpful and kind. We enjoyed watching the Arti ceremony and after that we all went to the restaurant for lunch where we were well looked after. Thank you for all of your help.
Leigh Estuary U3A
Leigh Estuary, Southend-on-Sea
29 September 2015
Thank you for a most informative and interesting day. It had many components – architectural, historic, spiritual and sociological. We were all entranced with the magnificence and we were humbled by the devotion. We will certainly tell others of our comprehensive visit. We had a lovely lunch and we did some shopping, all adding to the day. One or two of us may well return.
Red Hats Milton Keynes Millies
17 September 2015
Thank you so much for a wonderful visit to the Mandir. Our group really enjoyed the visit and everything was very well organised for us. It was very interesting and our guide/speaker was very good. Thank you all for a great visit.
12 August 2015
We all enjoyed ourselves very much indeed yesterday. Thank you for a wonderful day which we all found extremely interesting. We were all made so very welcome by everyone at your Temple who showed great kindness which we much appreciated. The Temple is very beautiful and finding out about the Hindu faith was fascinating.
Aylesbury Conservative Women’s Group
25 June 2015
Thank you for making us so welcome. Everyone really enjoyed the experience. We all thought that the Temple was such an amazing example of what can be achieved by hundreds of dedicated people. A day to remember and tell our friends about. Thank you again.
Benhill Social Club
22 June 2015
On behalf of the Epping Forest University of the 3rd Age I would like to thank you for making our Group so welcome yesterday. Our guide was both charming, informative and thoughtful. We greatly admired your beautiful Mandir and Haveli and we came away with a understanding of your way of life. Thank you again.
Architecture Group Leader
Epping Forest U3A
3 June 2015
We enjoyed our visit very much and were pleased that a guide was available to show us where to go. We also took advantage of the adjacent restaurant to have an excellent meal as well.
Tonbridge Historical Society
20 May 2015
The group were very happy with the visit and found the video presentation very helpful. They appreciated the hospitality offered by the Mandir. The work of the Mandir helped to inform them about the Hindu/Indian community’s presence in the eyes of the host British community.
6 May 2015
The visit was excellent. The members of the group enjoyed it and gained a great deal from it, helped especially by the skilled work of our tour guide.
St James’s Church
4 April 2015
Thank you very much for a very enjoyable and instructive visit. Our members really enjoyed the experience.
14 March 2015
I would like to thank you, your staff and volunteers for making our visit yesterday so enjoyable and informative. It was a unique experience to be in such a beautiful building. Members of our group would be happy to pay another visit when they could spend a little more time looking at the fine details of the building.
Romsey U3A Questers
5 March 2015
A really big thank you for your time in showing us your beautiful house of prayer. It was a very informative but spiritual time and I really appreciated the effort you and the staff at your temple went to to make us feel so much at home and welcomed. The food was excellent. For this and more, thank you.
Revd Graham Buckle
St Stephen’s with St John’s Church
4 March 2015
We really enjoyed our trip to the Temple. There were in total 12 of us including people with dementia, volunteer, carer and 3 staff members. It was a very different but interesting experience for some people who had never been to a Temple before. It was very helpful to have use of wheelchairs. The video as part of the tour was very informative and easy to see as on a big screen. Thank you again as all the individuals who came with us were very pleased to have visited.
Kensington & Chelsea, London
2 March 2015
Thank you for arranging such an interesting programme for our visit to your magnificent temple last Thursday. The volunteer was most welcoming and was an excellent guide. We found the film very interesting and, thereafter, enjoyed being present at the Arti ceremony and afterwards having the opportunity for questions and answers. The exhibition is beautifully presented and everyone left with a better understanding of Hinduism and overwhelmed by the beauty of the craftsmanship of the entire building. The ladies later enjoyed talking about the visit over a delicious lunch and lassi at Shayona.
The Women’s Council
22 February 2015
A very special Thank you for sharing with the group your faith, your ideals, your long history and your traditions. I am confident that whereas most of our visits are to Galleries, Museums and Gardens where the details blur into each other, yesterday’s visit will be in our minds and hearts for many years to come. Thank you once again from us all.
Bury St Edmunds Decorative & Fine Arts Society
Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk
13 February 2015
Thank you for allowing us to share in the workings of your faith. The group found it very informative and enlightening. I have received several e-mails from the members saying how much they enjoyed the day. Basically we have only had positive reaction to the visit.
Havering Probus Club
22 November 2014
Thank you for a most enjoyable and enlightening visit. Our group all found the visit very interesting and an extremely calming and tranquil experience. We were shown great hospitality and kindness and feel we now understand Hinduism a great deal more and have respect for your religion.
Radlett & District U3A
13 November 2014
Those of us who [came] today very much appreciated being able to visit the Mandir and I know that we all came out very much better informed than when we went in. Please thank all those who made us feel so welcome and who patiently answered our many questions. We ended our visit in the restaurant where there were no complaints with the delicious food we were served.
4 November 2014
We all so much enjoyed our visit to the Mandir last Thursday. It was a great privilege to be there and I think everyone felt very honoured and blessed by the visit. Not only did it make a nice treat for the children with cerebral palsy but it also gave great pleasure to all those who were lucky enough to be there. I had been before, but I was again very moved and impressed by the religious atmosphere and the beautiful place so beautifully looked after. Everyone was so kind, smiling and welcoming and the talk and video were both very interesting. Thank you so very much to you and all the other kind people for welcoming us.
Lots of people have been in contact with me to say how much they enjoyed the day, and below are a few of the comments:
Thanks so much for organizing that visit to the Hindu temple. It was an enormously interesting and informative visit, and Andrew and I thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, both there and in the restaurant afterwards!
We very much enjoyed the visit to the Hindu Temple yesterday. It was such a beautiful building, created with so much dedication from the Hindu local population.
That was a marvelous outing to the Hindu Temple and all my thanks for arranging it.
Thank you again to you and to everyone else who helped to make our day such a happy one.
PACE – a charity for children with cerebral palsy
2 November 2014
We all thoroughly enjoyed our visit. The Temple is a splendid place and everyone was very informative and helpful. We all felt honoured to be there. Please also pass on our thanks to the restaurant for a delicious meal. It finished off our visit in style.
4 October 2014
My group greatly enjoyed the experience of visiting your beautiful Mandir. Many of the party new little of Hinduism and were unaware of a temple in London. It is a remarkable project. You are to be congratulated on putting so much effort into educating children and adults in your religion and ceremonies. Other religious buildings can seem so stuffy and unwelcoming. We were particularly impressed by the kind welcome offered by your guides and I hope you will convey our thanks to them.
Probus Secundus of Harpenden
4 June 2014
Thank you so much for making our group so welcome at the Mandir. Everyone really enjoyed the visit. We were able to learn so much about Hinduism both from the interesting and informative talk from such a pleasant member of your community and from the gentleman upstairs in the Temple. It is a beautiful building of which you must be most proud. We also enjoyed a lovely lunch in your restaurant and many of us went home with spices etc. from your shop. Once again many thanks.
Farnborough Women’s Institution
5 May 2014
On behalf of my group I would like to say that we all enjoyed our visit to the temple. It was most interesting learning about your religion and culture and everyone was so friendly. We also had a wonderful buffet lunch in your restaurant and enjoyed looking around the supermarket.
Haywards Heath U3A
19 April 2014
It gives me great pleasure to say how much my Lea Valley U3A colleagues enjoyed, together with my wife Sylvia and me, their visit yesterday to your magnificent Mandir. On all their behalves I thank you and all your colleague volunteers for making our visit so interesting. It was truly inspiring to learn more of the fine basis of your Hindu faith.
Your organisation of visiting parties is excellent. We all felt so welcomed and much appreciated the clear way the details and history of your faith were presented to us.
Again, my thanks and best wishes to you all at the Mandir.
Lea Valley U3A
15 April 2014
Thank you so much for allowing us to visit your wonderful temple. The guides were most informative and interesting. Altogether I can genuinely say that the ladies of the American Women’s Club came away with a most positive impression. The temple itself is an incredible achievement. One cannot help but be overwhelmed with the spirit of co-operation and volunteerism that went into its creation. The exhibition was very well put together and impressive. Many thanks again and good luck with your work.
American Women’s Club
10 April 2014
Just to say how much the West Surrey National Trust members enjoyed their visit to your Mandir yesterday. They were so pleased to have the opportunity to learn more about Hinduism and to see your beautiful building. Those of us who ate in your restaurant thoroughly enjoyed their lunch. My thanks to all who arranged the visit and helped us while we were there.
West Surrey National Trust
21 March 2014
Thank you for making us so welcome when we visited last Thursday. We spent a fascinating morning with you and learnt a great deal from the film and the excellent exhibition. The mandir is absolutely beautiful and we were so interested to hear how it was built. We were also privileged to attend the short prayer ceremony. I know everyone enjoyed the excellent talk afterwards and our many questions were answered with great patience and humour. We are very grateful to you for your hospitality.
Friends of St Albans Abbey
St Albans, Hertfordshire
18 March 2014
Everyone, without exception, enjoyed their time spent yesterday in your splendid Temple. Everyone who we met was so welcoming and informative. Already members of my group have begun emailing me to say what a great day they had. Thank you for helping me arrange a successful visit.
Leigh Estuary U3A
5 March 2014
I write on behalf of Beaconsfield 41 Cub to thank you very much for a visit which was both interesting and entertaining. We were very pleased to have our questions answered so thoroughly both in the introductory talk and in conversation as we toured the wonderful Temple. All our members enjoyed the afternoon very much indeed. I might add that we also enjoyed the lunch and warm hospitality at the Shayona Restaurant.
41 Club (Men’s Group)
23 January 2014
I would like to thank you for a very informative and interesting morning today at your Temple. There is such a lot to see that we all would like to come again. We also had a most enjoyable lunch and are looking forward to another meal there sometime. Thank you for all your help.
Fellowship House (Senior Citizens Group)
Hampstead Garden, London
15 January 2014
Thank you for looking after us so well on our tour yesterday. Everybody thoroughly enjoyed it. It was so interesting to learn all about Hinduism and have the opportunity to see the video and ask questions. We had a lovely lunch after the tour. There was nothing that we would have wanted to improve our visit.
14 January 2014
I felt that the staff were very professional and well organised from our arrival onwards. The security staff were most pleasant and the gentleman at the information desk, who I booked in with, told me exactly what was going to happen and where to meet our guide. Our guide was very informative and had a lovely manner, our Friends enjoyed his talk very much. We felt very comfortable, he spoke so positively and we learned so much from him about the Temple, the Hindu faith and traditions.
Everyone commented on how tranquil and peaceful they felt within the complex. It was a wonderful experience to witness the Arti ceremony and to be able to walk around and see the beautiful carvings and sacred images.
A less important comment was that our Friends thought that your shop was very good and they enjoyed your restaurant before and after their visit. They particularly commented on your high standard of food on offer and many will be returning to eat at your restaurant because they liked the menu so much.
I felt that our whole visit from my initial enquiry and booking to our exit from the building was handled very professionally. The information about security and clothing before our visit enabled me to prepare the group in advance, which meant that our visit went very smoothly and calmly. Thank you for a really enjoyable time.
Friends & Events Coordinator
Museum of London
17 December 2013
We would like to tell you that we had a wonderful time at your Temple and that we really appreciated the talks in the prayer hall after the service. Our lunch was also excellent!
Sutton and Wandle Valley Ramblers
27 November 2013
Thank you very much for the most enjoyable visit to BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir last Saturday. The group of 17 German au pairs was very impressed and enjoyed the visit. Some said that they really enjoyed the peaceful atmosphere at the temple. We would like to present our compliments also to our guide who was most helpful and ready to answer our questions. Thank you very much for this opportunity to get a small glimpse at the depth and the traditions of the Hindu religion.
Barbara von Alten
German YMCA London
25 November 2013
We were amazed at the sheer beauty of the building, & very interested in the planning & carrying out of the initial project. Photos do not convey the intricacy of the workmanship involved.
We were also impressed with the kindness shown to our group of ‘older’ participants, especially when so many groups visit the temple. Our guide was very open to all questions & we now understand more about Hinduism.
Finally, may I say, as the organiser of the visit, what a pleasure it has been to deal with your organisation, appreciating the speed & clarity of replies; thank you.
U3A Church History & Architecture
22 November 2013
On behalf of the group, we would like to warmly thank you for the welcome and hospitality extended to us by the staff and volunteers of the Mandir. The feedback from members of the group was that they had found the visit very interesting and informative. We were fortunate to be able to attend the Arti prayer ceremony. Both the film and the museum are packed with information about the religion and culture of Hinduism so we will be absorbing this for some time to come.
Sally & Tony Lynes
Southwark Explorers Club
16 November 2013
On behalf of our club I would like to thank you for our recent visit. We received a very warm welcome from everyone and we all thoroughly enjoyed our visit. We found the exhibition a great help in understanding about Hinduism and also the lovely book we were all given.There was a short talk from one of your members which was very informative, but best of all was the service/worship we attended. I can’t think of any way our visit could have been improved, so I just thank you for letting us visit your lovely Temple.
Northchurch & Berkhamsted U3A
4 November 2013
Thank you so much for allowing us to visit your beautiful Mandir. You made us feel so welcome and we thank you for your kindness and for the enlightenment we gained. The exhibition was excellent and we especially appreciated the opportunity to view the Aarti Ritual which was very spiritual and moving. We felt privileged to have viewed it. Please say a special thank you to the kind gentleman who guided us and gave us insight. Also thanks to those who directed us as to where to go. We appreciated their gentle and caring approach. It was an excellent visit.
London Explorers Club
6 October 2013
We had a lovely day last Saturday with our group of 10 people. From the arrival moment until the end we felt blessed and looked after by the tour guide. I could feel his conviction and passion when talking about Hinduism. The guide shared with us so many teachings and ideas which we found inspiring and interesting. We belong to a School of Philosophy in which we study the Bhagavad Gita and some other texts, including from many civilizations like India, China, Egypt, Greece and Rome.
Also, we were so impressed by the architecture of the temple and not only that but the sense of Service and Volunteering of all those who helped and carry on supporting the temple. We could see one ceremony at 11:45am. Very special even though we didn’t understand that much the whole symbolism. We were explained after and that was very useful.
Well, our big Thanks to you and your staff. We all live in London and we have already started to spread the word amongst our friends and families to encourage them to visit the temple as there is no doubt they will have a lovely experience like we did.
7 August 2013
Please could you pass on our most grateful thanks to everyone who made us so welcome yesterday. Our visit was most enjoyable and everyone said afterwards how wonderful it had been. Our guide made us all feel at home and his talk was entertaining and amusing as well as instructive and enlightening. Thank you all most sincerely, and thank you also for the lovely book you gave me, which I shall enjoy reading and keeping in my library to show my family.
Tesco Retired Staff Association
21 March 2013
I just wanted to say a huge thank you to you and the staff and volunteers for the time you took to show us around and explain the work, beliefs and committed congregation of the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir today. It really was so very informative and interesting. The temple is absolutely stunning and I particularly enjoyed the prayer session.
Inspectors Branch Board
Metropolitan Police Federation
26 February 2013
I would like to thank you on behalf of our group who spent a wonderful time at your Temple. We all enjoyed our visit immensely. I would be grateful if you could thank the [volunteer-guide] on our behalf. His talk was most informative. The restaurant was excellent and those of us who had lunch went home very happy!
Music Club of London
15 January 2013
Many thanks for a lovely visit to the Temple. All of our members expressed their thanks and admiration for such a beautiful and peaceful place and were amazed and in awe of the dedication of the volunteers. Our guide was particularly informative and helpful and we all enjoyed the video and found it helpful to understand the beliefs of the Hindu faith. We very much enjoyed the buffet at the restaurant and exhibition and hope to visit again in the future.
19 September 2012
Absolutely magnificent and very peaceful. The ladies of the group thoroughly appreciated being able to touch and the verbal descriptions by the gentlemen guides. Thank you very much.