London, Aug 21 (): A Hindu temple, entirely funded by local community, has opened in North West London in UK. The temple is said to be the world’s first ‘eco-temple’.
The ornamental Shree Swaminarayan Mandir temple in Kingsbury made at a cost of £20m has a good combination of traditional Indian architecture and excellent carvings with “green” technology. The temple has solar panels on the roof and a rainwater harvesting system.
The blends of traditional Indian architecture, masterful artistry, intricate carvings, with green technologies have made the temple the world’s first ‘eco-temple’ by design. Mayor of London Boris Johnson has described the new Hindu temple and the facilities provided in it as ‘impressive and stunning’ during his recent visit there.
The facilities in the new site include a multi-function hall for receptions and sports, which can also be used by the members apart from the internal community under the terms of the temple’s development.
The temple was opened on 19th August followed by a six-day festival that would showcase music and dance shows, street parades, band salute, patotsav ceremony and many more.
The opening ceremony was headed by Acharya Swamishree Maharaj, the worldwide spiritual leader of the temple. Prior to the opening ceremony, more than 150 India-Scottish pipers from all over the world directed a peace parade on Sunday on to Parliament through Westminster. The parade also termed as Nagar Yatra was a show of multicultural and multinational unity.
Participants from the UK, India, USA, East African countries, across Australia and Europe created a remarkable medley of music, colour, dance, artistry and pageantry. The parade started near Piccadilly and ended in Parliament Square.
The opening of the temple coincides with the year, 2014 that marks the end of a fifty year journey inspired by Gurudev Jeevanpran Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa. The year also marks the end of Acharya Swamishree’s determined mission to realize His beloved Gurudev’s vision – to build a magnificent ‘sikhar-bandh’ Mandir in London under the realm of Shree Swaminarayan Gadi.
Earlier, the Greater London Authority agreed to the relocation of community space from Barnet to Brent. The old temple site in Golders Green will be used to generate new funds that will go towards the local community of the temple.