Visitor Opinions – Visitors
I was a member of the Tonbridge U3A party visiting the Mandir on Thursday, 9th February. I just wanted to let you know how much I personally enjoyed the visit, especially your warm welcome to us all and most helpful and interesting talk and later, the question and answer session. It has helped me to understand so much more about Hinduism, its history and its benevolent influence. The Mandir itself is absolutely beautiful, and has such serenity it is a real pleasure to visit and appreciate its calm and peace and to admire the murti. It was a privilege to be present at the Arti.
11 February 2017
Mum and I want to thank you so much for our wonderful visit to the Mandir today, also for the gifts. The sweets were lovely, and I plan on starting the book later this evening.
I was very moved by the aarti ceremony, and I guess by how wonderful the whole temple is. There is something so uplifting about the peace and tranquillity of the Mandir. I was very concerned at first as I didn’t want to interrupt anyone’s devotions, or be in anyone’s way, but everyone was so kind and welcoming, and very patient with us. It was genuinely a joy to be there. Mum and I wanted to thank you especially for the mini tour and talk, it was really very lovely to have met you.
Anne and Debbie
(The Malaysian mother and daughter)
23 January 2017
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Having been to more than my fair share of mosques, churches, synagogues and temples; I can say without a doubt that this has to be my favourite. Not only for the architectural brilliance in its design, but how easy it is to get around and see everything the temple has to offer. It is very accessible as disabled parking, disabled toilets, wheelchairs and assistance are all available. As I had mentioned before, you do not have to pay to get all this amazingness! Quality. I highly recommend that everybody goes and visits the Neasden temple, definitely not one to be missed!
17 September 2015
Thank you so much for welcoming us to the temple on Thursday. We were so privileged to take part in a ceremony and learnt so much about Hindu life. If all religions took your passive approach and showed the kindness that you showed to people of other and no religion, then the world would be a better place.
22 February 2015
I recently visit BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir and it was a wonderful experience! Very peaceful and beautiful! I want to congratulate you on how good the exhibition also is!
14 January 2014
You get to make some extraordinary visits as Prime Minister, you get to meet some extraordinary people and you get to do some extraordinary things. But very few will actually compete with my experience on Monday, going to the Mandir in Neasden. It was a beautiful service; it was lovely to see so many people packed into a temple and queues stretching round the block; people wanting to celebrate their belief, wanting to celebrate their faith, and wanting to do so with their families, with their neighbours, with their friends. It was a really wonderful thing to do and I want to thank those that asked me to take part.
Prime Minister Rt. Hon. David Cameron MP
Public Address at 10 Downing Street celebrating Diwali
6 November 2013
These are truly spectacular celebrations. No matter what you have heard about the Annakut – the mountain of food – seeing it really is quite something. I don’t think I have ever seen such a magnificent display of different foods.
When I look around this magnificent mandir, built by thousands of volunteers who gave their time and their money – that is a spirit we can all celebrate today in Britain…. Your contribution throughout this country shines out.
Prime Minister Rt. Hon. David Cameron MP
Public Address at the Mandir celebrating the Hindu New Year
4 November 2013
Thank you for making our visit to your temple such a wonderful experience. The workers and visitors made us feel so happy. We are so glad that you don’t exclude the poor by charging to get in. We really felt the peace, love and devotion to God and were inspired by the work involved in the building.
20 August 2013
Yesterday, 3 Jun 2013, my wife, daughter, grandchildren and I visited the amazing Mandir at Neasden. The temple just blew us away! What wonderful workmanship and skill went into this beautiful and spiritual building. We all felt quite euphoric by the end of our fascinating visit. I would also like to heap praise on all the staff there who made us so very welcome especially a young man at reception who so kindly spent quite some time with us explaining about the very interesting history of the building and its breathtaking art. A truly terrific and spiritual experience. We will no doubt return again and certainly recommend a visit to our friends and relatives. Again, thank you so very much for everything!!
4 June 2013
Dear BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir, I have very much enjoyed my two visits to the Mandir over the past two weeks and it has been a richly rewarding experience. The building is magnificent, the Murti are beautiful and the people are warm, open, friendly and kind.
18 May 2013
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If you’re in London, this stunning attraction is well worth a visit. The whole building is incredible, something like you’d only see in films or on an adventure trip to India! I was amazed by the architecture – a very attractive building in a typical urban backdrop, and the fine details that had gone into this temple will move you to bits. It’s hard not to feel an inner peace when entering this place. The whole place felt very special, with the exhibition inside really providing me a rich enlightenment into Hinduism and culture as a whole. I can’t describe the experience in actual words; it truly is one of those places where you really must have to go to appreciate its existence. I was treated very well by the helpful staff and I can honestly say it is well managed making visitors feel most welcome.
25 February 2013
On Wednesday December 26th I visited your temple with my wife, daughter and two grandchildren. We were very impressed by the architecture and information offered. Also by the kindness, courtesy and friendliness of the staff – in particular the ‘security’ gentleman in the temple proper, who spent much time explaining the mandir and what it stands for, and the gentleman downstairs who manned the entrance to the exhibition, and who did likewise. They both were informed that I am a retired Church of England priest, and were most welcoming nevertheless. When we arrived at the exhibition we discovered that we had not brought enough money to pay to enter – but some kind visitors (worshippers, I think) noticed our plight and immediately gave us the £8 we needed, as a donation to the mandir. For all this I am deeply grateful, and intend to visit again when I have the time to examine the premises properly. This may not be for some time, since I live in County Durham, and visit my family only two or three times a year. Every blessing upon you.
Rev. Dr. M. D. Gray
Retired Church of England Priest
26 December 2012
Hi! My wife and I visited your amazing Mandir a week ago and just wanted to say thank you for an incredible visit. The staff were friendly and helpful; we learned a lot and enjoyed the time immensely.