Shree Swaminarayan Mandir, London (Willesden)
The first Swaminarayan temple in London
DeitySwaminarayan in the form of Ghanshyam
Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, London (Willesden) is located in Greater London
Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, London (Willesden)
Location in Greater London
Geographic coordinates51°32′45.4″N 0°12′55″W / 51.545944°N 0.21528°W / 51.545944; -0.21528
CompletedOctober 11, 1975

Shree Swaminarayan Temple Willesden is a Swaminarayan Mandir in the London suburb of Willesden. It is the first Swaminarayan Mandir to be opened in the city.[1] Today the Swaminarayan Sampraday has six Swaminarayan Mandirs across London alone.


In 1975, a disused church on Willesden Lane was bought and renovated.[2] On the auspicious day of Sharad Purnima on 11 October 1975, Acharya Maharajshree Tejendraprasad Pande installed the murtis of Swaminarayan, NarNarayan Dev, Radha Krishna Dev, Hanuman and Ganesh.[3]


The image of Ghanshyam

The church building could not accommodate the increasing numbers of satsangis over time. New activities had also been introduced such as Gujarati language classes, a library, and a picture framing service as well as other youth activities.[3]

An adjoining building was bought thinking that it would solve the problem, but even so this could not meet the needs.[4]

In 1986 a proposal was put forward to demolish the two existing buildings and in its place build a three temple story complex, which would combine the traditional Hindu Temple architecture and British designs. The ceremonial stone was laid on 12 October 1986. On 29 July 1988, Acharya Maharajshree Tejendraprasad Pande opened the new building.[4]


The following activities are conducted by the temple.[5]

Apart from the above, the temple has also been active in providing assistance during natural disasters. For example, the temple organised a charity walk to help provide aid for the 2004 tsunami that struck South Asia.[7] A few years before that, in 2001 the temple took up the responsibility for coordinating relief work for the Gujarat earthquake from London. The temple sent 60 tons of clothing and blankets to affected areas.[8][9]


  1. ^ "Details of Mandir: Shree Swaminarayan Temple Willesden".
  2. ^ a b Raymond Brady Williams (2001). Introduction to Swaminarayan Hinduism. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-65422-X. Retrieved 26 March 2009. swaminarayan mandir ahmedabad. Page 222
  3. ^ a b "About Swaminarayan Mandir Willesden". Archived from the original on 7 September 2008.
  4. ^ a b "About Swaminarayan Mandir Willesden". Archived from the original on 21 November 2008.
  5. ^ "Mandir activities". Archived from the original on 7 September 2008.
  6. ^ "Swaminarayan Temple Willesden: SSTW Academy Introduction". Archived from the original on 13 October 2006.
  7. ^ "TEATHER CELEBRATES 30 YEARS OF WILLESDEN TEMPLE". Archived from the original on 21 November 2008.
  8. ^ "Bhuj's Tremors in London". The Times Of India. 15 February 2001.
  9. ^ Milmo, Cahal (31 January 2001). "A community where everyone knows a victim of the disaster". The Independent. London. Archived from the original on 3 November 2012. Retrieved 20 June 2009.