August 2000, Thursday, Neasden, London : British Home Secretary
Rt. Hon. Jack Straw at Shree Swaminarayan Mandir
Rt. Hon. Jack Straw,
British Home secretary declared his visit to Shree Swaminarayan
Mandir in Neasden, London on Thursday 31 Aug 2000 as 'Interesting'
and 'Uplifting' After a traditional welcome by Santos and Trustees
of The Swaminarayan Hindu Mission, Mr. Straw was led to the main
temple shrines to adore the beautiful images and stone carvings.
He then viewed the Understanding Hinduism exhibition where he was
impressed on learning of the contribution of Hinduism and Indian
culture to the world. Following this, the Home Secretary was taken
around the Cultural Complex and Haveli before attending an internal
meeting with trustees of the Mission. He ended with a short address
to the community in which he expressed his feeling: " I reflect
on the endeavor and commitment of the community which has created
this temple - the largest of its kind outside India all in a space
of 2.5 years, earning its place in the 'Guinness Book of Records.'
Rt. Hon Jack Straw congratulated all those involved in the temple
and the neighbouring Swaminarayan School for their contribution
to the community and looked forward to his forthcoming trip to India
in which he will be visiting another creation of His Divine Holiness
Pramukh Swami Maharaj - the Akshardham monument in Gandhinagar,