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Neasden Temple – School Visits & Educational Programmes

A visit to BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir is an ideal way to learn about Hinduism in the Religious Education curriculum and get a firsthand experience of the Hindu faith in practice. Whether it’s learning about the world’s oldest living faith from an interactive presentation and the ‘Understanding Hinduism’ exhibition, or seeing a traditional Hindu temple and witnessing the midday arti ceremony, students young and old – as well as teachers – find their trips to the Mandir to be educational, inspiring and enjoyable.

That is why so many schools and educational groups choose to visit us year on year, and as a result, we welcome around 600 such groups throughout the academic calendar. ‘School’ groups actually cover the entire spectrum of students, from junior, primary and secondary schools, to sixth form colleges and sometimes even universities. RE teachers and trainee teachers are also welcome, as are student groups from around the world.

Two Types of Visits: What to Expect

For educational groups, there are two main types of visits to choose from:

1) The first consists of a 30-minute introductory talk by a guide plus a question-and-answer session, a video presentation, and visit of the Mandir. This takes approximately two hours. Please allow extra time if you would like to visit the Souvenir Shop or/and if you have students filling out the worksheets. This visit is free of charge.

2) The second includes all of the above as well as a visit to the educational ‘Understanding Hinduism’ exhibition. This visit takes about two-and-a-half hours, and is especially recommended for all school groups. A nominal charge of £1.50 per student is applicable. (All teachers enter at the concessionary rate.)

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