Visited the Baps Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Europe’s first traditional Hindu Temple, at Neasden in North London. Because the inside of the temple is not allowed to be photographed, I don’t have any images to show you, just a few of the outside and they too had to be limited to certain angles – a bit annoying, but that’s how it is.
That said, I cannot begin to describe to you the beauty of the inside. The colour, the wooden and marble carvings, the architecture and design just takes your breath away.
Once again this experience taught me that essentially the major religions of the world all really believe in the same things, but they just have different vehicles of expression. Remove these mythological garments and we’re far closer together than we think.
I took the image of the flowers in the Men’s toilet at the Indian restaurant alongside the temple. I was having a wee and looked up and saw them on the wall. I’ve never seen anything like this in a men’s toilet before, so I just had to take the shot. Quite something peeing among the flowers.