The next Open House London documentary offers a glimpse of Neasden Temple, a place of worship in northwest London that was built using ancient Hindu texts and 26,000 pieces of stone.

Filmed by Jim Stephenson, the documentary is one of nine videos that will feature on Dezeen throughout Open House London 2020 to shine a light on rarely published places in the capital.

下一部倫敦開放日紀錄片介紹了納斯登神廟(Neasden Temple),這是倫敦西北部的一個禮拜場所,它是用古老的印度教文字和26,000塊石頭建造的。

這部紀錄片由吉姆·史蒂芬森(Jim Stephenson)拍攝,是九部錄像帶之一,該錄像帶將在2020年倫敦公開賽期間在Dezeen上播放,以向首都鮮為人知的地方發光。

FROM:Neasden Temple is built from over 5,000 tonnes of hand-carved stone

Neasden Temple, formally known as BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, opened in 1995 as the first traditional Hindu temple, or mandir, in Europe.

Today it serves as both a place of worship and a centre for community outreach activities.

The temple was built with over 5000 tonnes of Bulgarian limestone and Italian Carrara marble, hand-carved in India by 1500 artisans. The 26,000 pieces of finished stone carvings were then sent to the UK to be assembled on-site by more than 3000 volunteers, without any reinforcing iron or steel.

Neasden神廟(正式名稱為BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir)於1995年開業,是歐洲第一個傳統的印度教神廟或mandir。


這座寺廟由超過5000噸保加利亞石灰石和意大利卡拉拉大理石建成,由1500名工匠在印度手工雕刻。 然後,將26,000件完成的石雕作品發送到英國,由3000多名志願者在現場進行組裝,而無需使用任何鐵或鋼。

In the video, tour guide and head monk Yogvivekdas Swami explains the story of the temple’s design, which was dictated by ancient texts called the Vastu Shastra.

The Vastu Shastra, which translates as “science of architecture”, is a traditional Indian system of architecture that incorporates traditional Hindu beliefs and has informed the design of mandirs since 1500 BCE.

This means every detail of the temple’s structure is intertwined with the traditions of the faith, beginning from the site selection right through to the final plans and materiality.

“The Vastu Shastra refers to an architectural text, which gives details of each and every aspect of the mandir, all the way from laying the foundations, all the way from laying the foundations, all the way to the final dedication ceremony of the temple itself,” he explained.

在視頻中,導遊和總和尚Yogvivekdas Swami解釋了這座寺廟的設計故事,該故事由古代文字Vastu Shastra決定。

Vastu Shastra譯為“建築學”,是印度的傳統建築體系,融合了傳統的印度教信仰,自公元前1500年起就為地基的設計提供了信息。


“ Vastu Shastra指的是建築文字,它詳細介紹了古廟的各個方面,從打基礎到打基礎,一直到寺廟本身的最後的奉獻儀式 ”,他解釋說。

Elements of the temple are also designed to represent parts of God’s physical body, such as the kalash, a set of golden gilded urns, and overhead flags that symbolise the head and hair of God respectively.

“Ancient Hindu builders envision the mandir not merely as a sacred structure, but as an actual form of God,” Swami concluded.

“A mandir is such a place where architecture and art come together to provide a divine experience.”



“ mandir就是這樣一個地方,建築和藝術匯聚在一起,提供神聖的體驗。”



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