Archbishop of Canterbury Visits Hindu Temple

January 30, 2005

Source: The Telegraph

On January 30, 2005 The Telegraph reported, "Britain’s one-million strong Hindu community, some of whose leaders feel it is being ignored because of all the attention being devoted to the country’s 1.5 million Muslims, received some attention today. The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, visited the Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Neasden, north-west London, where he met representatives of the Hindu community and Kamalesh Sharma, the Indian High Commissioner in London. Dr Williams was garlanded in front of 2,000 worshippers and talked with some of those who helped build the temple, widely praised by many, including Prince Charles, as an architectural triumph. Commenting on the visit of the Archbishop, a spokesperson for the temple said: 'This is part of an inter-faith dialogue. Earlier Archbishops have visited the temple and Pramukh Shree Maharaj visited Lambeth Palace (the Archbishop’s residence). People from a number of Hindu organisations and from other faiths were also there today.'"