Year 5 trip to BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Temple

On the 11th November 2016, Year 5 went to BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Neasden. A Mandir is a Hindu Temple. We already knew a lot, and the lady who took us around was very impressed by our knowledge. She asked us what festival had just been celebrated, we all knew it was Diwali as we had celebrated it at school. After we watched a short film, we went up to the marble temple. The marble temple was beautiful; it had amazing carvings. Then we went to an exhibition. The exhibition had beautiful models. Even though it was beautiful my favourite bit was still to come, we went to a Hindu prayer. I couldn’t see much but there was beautiful music in the background.
Milly Bryk 5E.

On the 11th November, year 5 went to an old Indian temple called the Shri Swaminarayan Mandir. It was extremely exciting, did you know almost 5000 tons of Bulgarian limestone and Italian marble were shipped to India, hand-carved by over 1500 skilled craftsman. We had to take our shoes of because of respect to the gods (and to keep it clean)
Jack Hardcastle 5E

Hinduism is the world’s oldest religion. In our RE lessons, we are learning about Hinduism so we visited the Shri Swaminarayan Mandir (Temple).
When we came out of the coach, we went through security and took our shoes off, boys on one side and girls on the other. The lady took us to this massive hall and we watched a video about the history of the temple. She took us to see the marble pillars that stood in the beautiful shrine.
We then got taken to an art gallery that showed us all about the Hinduism religion. It was very interesting and beautiful and we got to learn lots. There were models of the temple and they were so realistic and looked exactly the same so we couldn’t see one difference. We then went to an even bigger hall and we asked questions.
Everything in this temple was so beautiful, it was hard to see that it was handmade. We then went to go to see a religious prayer and girls and boys got split, girls on one side and boys on the other.
By Isha Desai and Saskia Kalms 5E