20 January 2017
Our Third Form Explore Hinduism
On Thursday Father Mark and Mrs Arliss accompanied our whole Third Form on their annual religious studies trip to the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in London. This is Europe's first traditional Hindu temple, was designed and constructed entirely according to ancient Vedic architectural texts, using no structural steel.
tonnes of Bulgarian limestone and Italian Carrara marble were shipped to
India, hand carved by 1,500 skilled artisans, and then shipped to London to be
assembled like a giant jigsaw puzzle.
Our visit began
with a prayer service led by the resident monks. Pupils then spent the
morning in the permanent exhibition, learning about the values and wisdom of
the Hindu faith, beginning with the great symbol of Hinduism, "Aum".
Aum is the divine sound, the first sound of creation, from which life emanated.
Its chanting generates creative energy, in all forms of existence, in all
states of mind.
visits are important, not only because our pupils learn to respect and
understand the beliefs of others, but also because of the establishment of,
and our strong links with, our recently-opened partner school, King's College