LONDON, ENGLAND, July 26, 2013 (Express): A Historic Hindu temple which was the first of its kind to be built in Europe is celebrating its momentous Silver Jubilee in Willesden, London this week. People from as far afield as Australia, India and America travelled to the UK for the 25th anniversary of the landmark Shree Swaminarayan Temple.
The temple is the first Swaminarayan Mandir, a temple for followers of a Hindu sect called Swaminarayan Sampraday, to be built in the capital. The sect was established over two centuries ago by Lord Shree Swaminarayan and has over 20 million followers worldwide.
Celebrations included a street festival attended by thousands, a live music concert and an opening ceremony choreographed by the youth of the Temple. The festivities, which mark the 25th anniversary of the temple, have run from July 20 till July 2013 during the religious festival Patotsav.