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Bhagwan Swaminarayan

In the central shrine you will see three sacred images. In the middle is Bhagwan Swaminarayan. 

‘Bhagwan’ is a Sanskrit term of reverence for God. 

This Mandir is dedicated to Bhagwan Swaminarayan, who manifested in north India in 1781, a period considered to be one of the most challenging in India’s political and social history. 

Bhagwan Swaminarayan at the young age of 20 founded the Swaminarayan Faith under the wider umbrella of Hinduism. 

During his 28-year ministry, he spearheaded a Hindu renaissance, ushering in many social and religious reforms, serving the poor and needy, and preaching against superstitions, addictions and violence. 

He initiated 3,000 swamis, or ordained monks, built 6 majestic temples, wrote and inspired several works of religious literature, and was recognised and worshipped as God during his lifetime by countless individuals. 

A more detailed overview of Bhagwan Swaminarayan’s life, work and teachings is covered in the ‘Understanding Hinduism’ exhibition on the ground floor of this building. 

Bhagwan Swaminarayan resides in the central shrine here with his senior disciples Gunatitanand Swami to his right and Gopalanand Swami to his left. His raised palm gesture, known as the abhay mudra, symbolises divine grace and protection. 

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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