SHRI SWAMINARAYAN

MANDIR

Wednesday 28 March 2018

The biggest & most spectacular
Hindu Temple outside India!

Something completely different for Spring in 2018!

If you have not had the chance to go to INDIA, but love architecture …… and are fascinated by Hinduism and their the traditional places of  worship, this is absolutely ideal Away-Day for you!

The Shri Swaminarayan Mandir (Temple) in Neasden was built by Pramukh Swami, a 92-year-old Indian sadhu (holy man), and is made of 2,828 tonnes of Bulgarian limestone and 2,000 tonnes of Italian marble, which was first shipped to India to be carved by a team of 1,526 sculptors. The temple cost £12 million to build and was designed and constructed entirely according to ancient Vedic architectural texts – using no structural steel whatsoever.

The Mandir is a humble tribute to the inexpressible beauty, majesty and glory of the Divine.  Learn about the exquisite art and architecture, and how they are offered in adoration, reverence, and gratitude. Learn about how mandirs originated and developed into the elaborate buildings of today. Underlying them is the ancient discipline of sacred architecture called Vastu Shastra.

We will have a guided tour of the temple including Darshan (viewing of the sacred images), have the opportunity to visit the ‘Understanding Hinduism Exhibition’, earm about the history of the Mandir (as above), attend the morning Arti Ceremony and enjoy a delicious Buffet Lunch in the temple’s Shayona Restaurant.

Learn about Diwali, one of the most important and colourful festivals of the Hindu calendar. It is a time when charity, goodwill, family values and the love of God are celebrated and reinforced. Diwali thus celebrates the triumph of good over evil and is a reminder to dispel inner darkness with the light of God’s presence. BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Neasden, London hosts the largest Diwali and Hindu New Year celebrations in the country. Open to one and all, the celebrations are an opportunity for the whole family to enjoy the traditions, colours and rich culture of the Hindu faith.

We were on tour in India during Diwali and it was the most wonderful experience ever. Being surrounded by millions of ‘marigolds’ wherever we went was particularly memorable!

So don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to visit & understand Hinduism whilst visiting this beautiful temple …… and you don’t even have to go to India!

NB. Please note that a strict dress code operates within the complex. Specifically, tops must cover the shoulders, chest, navel, and upper arms.
Leg-wear must be at least below knee-length.

PLEASE ASK FOR AN ITINERARY BY EMAIL, or see details below, along with the online booking form.

 

 

 

£64.95pp

* EARLYBIRD £59.95pp
until 30 November 2017

Luxury Coach Travel

Leaves from Botley Road,
Southampton
Only FOUR local pick-ups
Gosport, Lee on the Solent
Stubbington & Fareham

Preferred seating on coach

Donation to the Temple

Understanding Hinduism
Exhibition Entry Fee

2-course Indian Buffet Lunch  V
inclusive of gratuity

Complimentary wine & nibbles

Solent Events Tour Manager

 

View the Itinerary

PROVISIONAL Itinerary:

0645       Coach leaves Coliseum Coach Depot
0730      Coach leaves Stokes Bay– – Sailing Club Bus Shelter by Pebbles
0740       Pick-up at Lee on the Solent – Bus stop opposite seafront shops
0750       Pick up at Stubbington – Red Lion
0800       Pick up at Fareham – Peak Lane
1030       Arrive Neasden, North London
Guided Tour
1145       Arti Ceremony
FREE TIME/Guided Tour
1300      Buffet Lunch
FREE TIME/Guided Tour
1630    Meet coach TBC
Complimentary wine & nibbles served
1900      Arrive in home area
Approx

The above itinerary is only PROVISIONAL, but will give you an idea of the proposed time schedule.
Coach seats are allocated on a first come first served basis, after Privilege Club Members.
Couples & friends will always be seated together. Large parties will be seated together as far as possible.
Preferred choice of area will be taken into consideration, but cannot be guaranteed.
Solent Events & Leisure reserve the right to alter the final tour itinerary as necessary if circumstances change beyond their control.
NB. Please do not ask us to pick-up or drop-off at stops not specifically listed above, as unfortunately we are unable to do so.

Buffet Menu

2-COURSE AUTHENTIC INDIAN BUFFET

 MAIN COURSE

3 x Curries
Dal Soup
2 x types of rice
Butter Naan
Samosas/kachories
2 x types salad
Pickles, Chutneys & Papadums

DESSERT

All dietary requirements catered for when requested at time of booking.

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