New Kingsbury temple visited by Mayor of London Boris Johnson

New temple visited by Mayor of London

New temple visited by Mayor of London

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Mayor of London Boris Johnson visited a new Hindu temple for a tour of its community centre.

Shree Swaminarayan Mandir, in Kingsbury, is currently under construction and set to open in August this year.

The Mayor was given a tour of the site to see how work was coming along and see the temple’s new community centre at its official opening today.

Hundreds of people were at the temple for the visit where Mr Johnson who was greeted by the temple’s own pipe band, which was formed by members in 1972, in traditional Scottish regalia.

During the visit Mr Johnson, who was presented with a traditional turban, said: “I want to congratulate the entire temple community for what they have achieved here.

“This Mandir is part of the reason people from all over the world want to come to this city.

“They come because it is a welcoming place that brings its 300 languages and communities together to celebrate our diversity.

“In 200 years' time people will still be able to come and visit this peaceful place in Kingsbury and it will be part of the fabric of London.

“People should realise the important role of religious voluntary organisations play in the communities on London. This Mandir and community centre will be a great asset to this whole area.”

Temple trustee Dr Mahesh Varsani thanked the mayor for attending the event, before inviting him to the official opening of the Mandir in August.

The new temple in Kingsbury cost £20 million to build, all of the money being raised by the community and through the sale of its previous site in Golders Green.

Its new multi-purpose centre offers a variety of sporting, social and family activities and is open to the wider community of Brent and Harrow.

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9:15am Thu 29 May 14

surfnutt says...

I cant wait for it to open and will be visiting it when it does open well done.
I cant wait for it to open and will be visiting it when it does open well done. surfnutt
  • Score: 7

10:14am Thu 29 May 14

DJFearRoss says...

I commend Hindus not only on the fact of their high employment rates, but still they funded this themselves. Another faith group should take note and learn.
I commend Hindus not only on the fact of their high employment rates, but still they funded this themselves. Another faith group should take note and learn. DJFearRoss
  • Score: 13

11:18am Fri 30 May 14

Sonoo Malkani says...

Great to have such positive comments from our community members.This temple will be for everybody and is sure to be a valuable resource for the entire community to make good use of.

Looking forward to its official inauguration in August---a month filled with Hindu festivals.Should be a wonderful celebration for all of us to enjoy.God bless us all.
Great to have such positive comments from our community members.This temple will be for everybody and is sure to be a valuable resource for the entire community to make good use of. Looking forward to its official inauguration in August---a month filled with Hindu festivals.Should be a wonderful celebration for all of us to enjoy.God bless us all. Sonoo Malkani
  • Score: -2

1:55pm Fri 30 May 14

diligaf says...

Why oh why do we need Another temple, talk about being the minority in your own country :(
Why oh why do we need Another temple, talk about being the minority in your own country :( diligaf
  • Score: -3

4:09pm Fri 30 May 14

DJFearRoss says...

diligaf wrote:
Why oh why do we need Another temple, talk about being the minority in your own country :(
Whilst in part I agree with you (about the minority part), if we look at the statistics for Hindus, there are approx 6000 Hindus for every temple in the UK and just 1800 Muslims for every mosque in the UK. So really there are not so many in comparison to Mosques if we use the Muslim rate as a bench mark.

Although Hindus have less temples per person, they have nearly twice the employment rates of Muslims.
[quote][p][bold]diligaf[/bold] wrote: Why oh why do we need Another temple, talk about being the minority in your own country :([/p][/quote]Whilst in part I agree with you (about the minority part), if we look at the statistics for Hindus, there are approx 6000 Hindus for every temple in the UK and just 1800 Muslims for every mosque in the UK. So really there are not so many in comparison to Mosques if we use the Muslim rate as a bench mark. Although Hindus have less temples per person, they have nearly twice the employment rates of Muslims. DJFearRoss
  • Score: 8

2:47pm Sun 1 Jun 14

Sonoo Malkani says...

I think the time has come that we stop examining statistics simplistically and focus our minds on getting on well with each other so that NOBODY feels left out or a "minority"---in particular our indigenous population whose needs and feelings are just as important as anybody else's.It must be a new and somewhat frightening experience for some to feel marginalised in a borough in which they had always been the majority.Let's try to empathise and work this out in a sensitive manner.

None should feel isolated,out- numbered or voiceless, since that engenders all sorts of negative feelings and makes us fearful..This is what trouble-makers exploit and successfully use to create damaging rifts within our communities.

The Hindu population in Harrow is the largest in Europe but they are,by and large,very keen to get on with the rest of the community and often welcome the participation of diverse communities at many key events.

Like-wise Muslims,Christians,Z
oroastrians,Jews,Jai
ns,Buddhists,Sikhs and many more are striving to make the larger community feel part of this pot-pourri of cultures.

I firmly believe,the secret of successful integration is to become more and more INCLUSIVE and let go of our inhibitions.Be not afraid but go forth boldly and test the waters!You will be pleasantly surprised.

We have to be more ACCEPTING,not tolerant.Tolerating suggests being forced to put up with something we dislike---like a bad smell!That cannot be good for anybody.

Accepting each other,warts and all,is quite a challenge.Once we recognise that this is what is needed for harmonious living, then,we must wisely start taking steady little steps down this new route, finally arriving at a place we all feel comfortable with each other.

This is perfectly possible once we sign up with total commitment to achieving this worthy goal.
I think the time has come that we stop examining statistics simplistically and focus our minds on getting on well with each other so that NOBODY feels left out or a "minority"---in particular our indigenous population whose needs and feelings are just as important as anybody else's.It must be a new and somewhat frightening experience for some to feel marginalised in a borough in which they had always been the majority.Let's try to empathise and work this out in a sensitive manner. None should feel isolated,out- numbered or voiceless, since that engenders all sorts of negative feelings and makes us fearful..This is what trouble-makers exploit and successfully use to create damaging rifts within our communities. The Hindu population in Harrow is the largest in Europe but they are,by and large,very keen to get on with the rest of the community and often welcome the participation of diverse communities at many key events. Like-wise Muslims,Christians,Z oroastrians,Jews,Jai ns,Buddhists,Sikhs and many more are striving to make the larger community feel part of this pot-pourri of cultures. I firmly believe,the secret of successful integration is to become more and more INCLUSIVE and let go of our inhibitions.Be not afraid but go forth boldly and test the waters!You will be pleasantly surprised. We have to be more ACCEPTING,not tolerant.Tolerating suggests being forced to put up with something we dislike---like a bad smell!That cannot be good for anybody. Accepting each other,warts and all,is quite a challenge.Once we recognise that this is what is needed for harmonious living, then,we must wisely start taking steady little steps down this new route, finally arriving at a place we all feel comfortable with each other. This is perfectly possible once we sign up with total commitment to achieving this worthy goal. Sonoo Malkani
  • Score: -2

2:47pm Sun 1 Jun 14

Sonoo Malkani says...

I think the time has come that we stop examining statistics simplistically and focus our minds on getting on well with each other so that NOBODY feels left out or a "minority"---in particular our indigenous population whose needs and feelings are just as important as anybody else's.It must be a new and somewhat frightening experience for some to feel marginalised in a borough in which they had always been the majority.Let's try to empathise and work this out in a sensitive manner.

None should feel isolated,out- numbered or voiceless, since that engenders all sorts of negative feelings and makes us fearful..This is what trouble-makers exploit and successfully use to create damaging rifts within our communities.

The Hindu population in Harrow is the largest in Europe but they are,by and large,very keen to get on with the rest of the community and often welcome the participation of diverse communities at many key events.

Like-wise Muslims,Christians,Z
oroastrians,Jews,Jai
ns,Buddhists,Sikhs and many more are striving to make the larger community feel part of this pot-pourri of cultures.

I firmly believe,the secret of successful integration is to become more and more INCLUSIVE and let go of our inhibitions.Be not afraid but go forth boldly and test the waters!You will be pleasantly surprised.

We have to be more ACCEPTING,not tolerant.Tolerating suggests being forced to put up with something we dislike---like a bad smell!That cannot be good for anybody.

Accepting each other,warts and all,is quite a challenge.Once we recognise that this is what is needed for harmonious living, then,we must wisely start taking steady little steps down this new route, finally arriving at a place we all feel comfortable with each other.

This is perfectly possible once we sign up with total commitment to achieving this worthy goal.
I think the time has come that we stop examining statistics simplistically and focus our minds on getting on well with each other so that NOBODY feels left out or a "minority"---in particular our indigenous population whose needs and feelings are just as important as anybody else's.It must be a new and somewhat frightening experience for some to feel marginalised in a borough in which they had always been the majority.Let's try to empathise and work this out in a sensitive manner. None should feel isolated,out- numbered or voiceless, since that engenders all sorts of negative feelings and makes us fearful..This is what trouble-makers exploit and successfully use to create damaging rifts within our communities. The Hindu population in Harrow is the largest in Europe but they are,by and large,very keen to get on with the rest of the community and often welcome the participation of diverse communities at many key events. Like-wise Muslims,Christians,Z oroastrians,Jews,Jai ns,Buddhists,Sikhs and many more are striving to make the larger community feel part of this pot-pourri of cultures. I firmly believe,the secret of successful integration is to become more and more INCLUSIVE and let go of our inhibitions.Be not afraid but go forth boldly and test the waters!You will be pleasantly surprised. We have to be more ACCEPTING,not tolerant.Tolerating suggests being forced to put up with something we dislike---like a bad smell!That cannot be good for anybody. Accepting each other,warts and all,is quite a challenge.Once we recognise that this is what is needed for harmonious living, then,we must wisely start taking steady little steps down this new route, finally arriving at a place we all feel comfortable with each other. This is perfectly possible once we sign up with total commitment to achieving this worthy goal. Sonoo Malkani
  • Score: -2

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