Year 10s visit the Swaminarayan Hindu Temple
13 of our Year 10 students took a trip to one of London’s seven wonders, the Swaminarayan Hindu Temple in Neasden, which is known as a masterpiece of exquisite Indian design and workmanship.
Unaisah Khan (Year 10) explained how wonderful the trip was: “When we visited the Swaminarayan temple we were fortunate enough to witness the Hindu ritual called the Arti. We were warmly welcomed and the complex of Hinduism was explained to us by the various attendants. The carvings in both wood and marble were stunning. The most amazing thing about our trip was that the temple was assembled by volunteers from the local area. It was beautiful and tranquil I would love to go there again to witness the love and passion that has been poured into it.”
Religious Education teacher, Ms Opeku, who led the trip, was very pleased about how students enjoyed their time in the temple and appreciated this special experience:
“The students continuously expressed their gratitude for being given the opportunity to be in a magnificent place of worship. They were overwhelmed by the beauty of the place and engaged enthusiastically in all the activities planned.
As part of their studies in Religious Education on beliefs and practices, the trip offered them the chance to access first-hand information of a place of worship and to observe worship by believers, which is already being utilized in their discussions in lessons; it has certainly enhanced their understanding of the topic.”
The students attended a workshop as a part of the exhibition in the temple, and they highly impressed the facilitators with their intelligent questions and active engagement in the discussions.