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Andrew Stunell visits Neasden Temple

Communities Minister Andrew Stunell this week visited the Neasden Temple to see first hand how it enriches the local community.

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

Andrew Stunell outside Neasden Temple

While at the temple, the minister was shown an exhibition highlighting the temple’s community involvement, which includes empowering young people, working with community leaders, encouraging volunteering and looking after the elderly.

Andrew Stunell visits an exhibition

Andrew Stunell visits an exhibition highlighting the temple’s community involvement.

As the largest Hindu temple in the western hemisphere, it’s a hub for the community, well used by local people and visited by people of all faiths. School children come to learn about Hindu culture, traditions and heritage and recent community open days aimed to extend the temple’s networks into the community.

The minister’s visit started with a Hindu ceremony of tying a nada chhadi (band of strings) around his wrist; applying a vermilion mark (chandlo) to his forehead; and placing a garland over his head.

A nada chhadi (band of strings) is tied around Andrew Stunell's wrist

Andrew Stunell is welcomed to the temple by Sadhu Prabudhmunidas.

The temple is a focal point for activities and support services, not only for Hindus, but also the wider local community, including schools and local businesses.

Photographs courtesy of BAPS SANSTHA UK. More images are available from the DCLG Flickr channel

Published 16 September 2010