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Haveli Atrium

The Mandir has two parts – the stone temple, which houses the holy shrines, and a wooden cultural complex, known as the Haveli. 

You are presently in the Haveli. 

‘Haveli’ literally means ‘mansion’. It also refers to an architectural style that developed around the 17th century in Gujarat and Rajasthan in western India, as devotees sought to build majestic dwellings for their deities. 

Characterised by porch façades and central courtyards, Haveli architecture is particularly known for its array of profusely carved wooden columns, struts, arches, doors, windows and balconies. You may have noticed some of these when you arrived through the entrance to this building. 

Here, in the atrium or ‘enclosed courtyard’, you can see more of these intricate wood carvings – majestic elephants, dancing peacocks and blooming lotuses, all symbols of hospitality, auspiciousness and piety in Hindu culture. 

This Haveli covers around 17,000 square feet of woodcarving that engaged the skills of 169 craftsmen for over 20 months in India. 

They used two types of wood – Burmese Teak and English Oak. 

Burmese Teak, sourced from sustainable forests in Myanmar, was used in the carvings of the Haveli because of its texture, striking grain, and resilient qualities. 

For the load-bearing beams and structural framework, English Oak was selected because of its sturdiness and durability. All the oak trees used originated from managed farms in Wiltshire, south west England, and for each tree used, 10 saplings were planted to ensure environmental sustainability. 

Please take a few moments now to enjoy the craftsmanship around you and above.

Don’t forget to also look down, as you will notice that the delicate floral designs in the wood are complemented in the colourful carpet below. It features a blooming lotus flower. This is a prominent feature of Indian art, reminding us that beauty can blossom even in the most unlikely of places. 

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BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Neasden, London
  1. Information Desk
  2. Haveli Atrium
  3. Assembly Hall
  4. Portraits of Gurus
  5. Blue Carpet
  6. Photo Display 1
  7. Photo Display 2
  8. Abhishek Mandap
  9. Upper Sanctum
  10. In Front of Carved Pillars
  11. Central Dome
  12. Devotion
  13. Bhagwan Swaminarayan
  14. Gunatitanand Swami
  15. Gopalanand Swami
  16. Ghanshyam Maharaj
  17. Sukh Shayya
  18. Guru Parampara
  19. Harikrishna Maharaj & Radha-Krishna
  20. Bhagatji Maharaj
  21. Shastriji Maharaj
  22. Yogiji Maharaj
  23. Pramukh Swami Maharaj
  24. Shiva-Parvati
  25. Hanuman
  26. Ganesh
  27. Sita-Rama
  28. Ceiling
  29. Doors
  30. Porch
  31. Exhibition
  32. Messages From His Holiness Pramukh Swami Maharaj