“I have experienced tremendous peace at the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in London and have offered personal prayers that I am able to live totally without ego,” shared Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh after his visit to Neasden Temple this week.
“By the influence of ‘Sanatan Dharma’, one's ego evaporates – this happens only by the blessings of God. This is the experience I had here,” he said.
The senior minister was given a tour of the first traditional Hindu temple to be constructed outside of India, the largest of its kind in Europe. He was accompanied by Vikram Doraiswami, the High Commissioner of India to the UK, and a delegation from India’s Ministry of Defence.
The visit commenced with a formal welcome extended by Yogvivekdas Swami, Head Swami of BAPS UK and Europe, and trustees of the Mandir, followed by an exploration of the mandir’s intricate architecture and spiritual ambience.
Jitu Patel, Chair of BAPS UK and Europe, noted: “We would like to thank Shri Rajnath Singh for taking the time from his busy schedule to visit the Mandir. Our strong ties and positive engagement with the High Commission of India serve as a platform to contribute to shared British and Indian values.”
The dignitaries participated in the abhishek (prayers) of Shri Nilkanth Varni Maharaj, the teenage form of Bhagwan Swaminarayan, before interacting with volunteers who contribute to the Mandir’s operations and community initiatives. The exchange offered a glimpse into the Mandir’s extensive community service efforts and the dedication of its volunteers towards selflessly serving humanity, including its contributions to British society.
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A meeting was also held with resident swamis and trustees, allowing for deeper discussions on spirituality and culture, as well as the Mandir’s role as a cultural ambassador and its commitment to upholding timeless Indian values.
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