The Digital Journalist
©Steve Raymer
One of the largest Hindu temples outside of India, the Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in the London suburb of Neasden is often called Britain's Taj Mahal and serves a prosperous Gujarati community. Devotees in Britain largely paid for and built the temple, which is made of 26,300 pieces of hand-carved Italian marble. Scholars find a contradiction in the Swaminarayan religion, a fast-growing sect in India and abroad with temples in the United States, Canada and East Africa, for its Gujarati-only exclusiveness despite preaching a message of universal truth for all faiths.