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Issued: June 15, 2018
MP is guest at inauguration of Hindu temple in Chigwell

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Epping Forest MP Dame Eleanor Laing was among the guests at the inauguration of the new Hindu temple in Chigwell.

Called ' Swaminarayan Mandir’, it is part of the same Hindu denomination who created the ‘Neasden Temple’ in north-west London.

‘Mandir’ in Sanskrit, the ancient classical language of India, is the name given to a Hindu place of worship. It literally means where the mind becomes serene and connects with God, humanity and the soul within.

Dame Eleanor said: “I was delighted to be invited to this auspicious occasion at which I was made to feel very welcome.

"The temple is beautifully decorated and has a lovely, peaceful atmosphere. I felt very honoured to be garlanded with a magnificent garland of roses which I will treasure as a memento of a very special occasion.

"On behalf of the local community I am extremely grateful for all the good work that the Temple is doing.”

The inauguration ceremony was held in the presence of senior swamis (Hindu monks) visiting from India and Neasden, and included Vedic prayers, chanting, and a cultural programme of devotional singing and dance.

The new temple in High Road has been re-purposed from a disused school and will serve not only as place of worship for the local Hindu community, but also as the hub of children’s, youth,
educational, healthcare and other charitable activities for BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS) in the wider East London area.

Other guests included Chigwell Parish Council chairman Darshan Sunger, county councillor Gagan Mohindra and district councillor Aniket Patel.
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