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|Shri Swaminarayan Mandir|
This Hindu temple is surprisingly located in the heart of London suburbia, in the district of Neasden. It is dedicated to the Hindu deity Lord Swaminarayan, who is worshipped mainly in the Gujarat region in India.
It was built in 1995 as a replica of the Akshardam temple in western India. An elaborate construction of limestone and marble, it took over a thousand sculptors to build it! The 50,000 tons of rock was shipped to India where traditional craftsmen carved it, and it was then shipped to London to be erected - all at a cost of around £10million.
The temple is open to the public from 9am-noon and from 4pm-6pm, but you should dress appropriately. There is an "Understanding Hinduism" exhibition available and a café for refreshments. Admission to the exhibition costs around £2 for adults.
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