Year 4 Visit BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir
On Monday 25th November, Year 4 went on a trip to visit a Hindu temple (the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir) in Neasden.
Upon arrival, we were told all about the history of the Mandir. This elaborate building was funded and built entirely by the Hindu community. The entire project spanned five years although the Mandir construction itself was completed in two-and-a-half years.
Year 4 learnt about the features of the Mandir and they were lucky enough to see some of them. These features included: the main hall where people gather to pray; the racks where people can leave their shoes; Hindu symbols, pictures and statues and many shrines dedicated to some of the Hindu Gods and Goddesses.
Everybody had the opportunity to visit the ‘Understanding Hinduism’ exhibition where we read many Hindu stories and thought about the morals within them.
A particular highlight was when we were able to watch the Arti Ceremony. This is a Hindu religious ritual of worship, a part of puja, in which light (usually from a flame) is offered to one or more deities.
Everyone had a wonderful day learning about Hinduism.