UIV Trip to Neasden Temple

June 22, 2016

The Neasden Temple rises out of a mass of low-rise shops and houses as a towering structure of white Italian marble. The building is at the centre of a thriving Hindu community, and is integral to many social and cultural events, as it is home to a large prayer hall (haveli) and a monastic community. The UIV watched a short documentary about the history of the temple, which was built entirely by volunteers, and then visited an exhibition about the origins of Hinduism and its fundamental principles. They then went to the main mandir, a huge marble hall filled with intricate carvings of the deities, and ended the day watching the aarti ceremony, a traditional prayer ritual where the monks pay devotion to their gods by singing and waving trays of candles before the deities.

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