The 'Guinness World Records 2000: Millennium
Edition' has hailed His Holiness Pramukh Swami Maharaj as a Masterbuilder.
On page 36, under the Architects & Masterbuilders category of the Knowledge
section, a photograph of the London Mandir and Swamishri, together with
brief details of the Mandir have been included. The book reveals, "Biggest
Hindu Temple Outside India: The Shri Swaminarayan Temple in Neasden,
London, UK, is the largest Hindu temple outside India. It was built
by His Holiness Pramukh Swami Maharaj, a 79-year-old Indian sadhu (holy
man), and is made of 2,828 tonnes of Bulgarian limestone and 2,000 tonnes
of Italian marble, which was first shipped to India to be carved by
a team of 1,526 sculptors."
As it is a collector’s item, a staggering 2.7 million copies of the
new Millennium Edition have been printed, making it the largest initial
print run of a colour illustrated non-fiction book. The English edition
will go to 70 different countries, with another 22 editions in foreign
This is the second time the Mandir has been recognized by The Guinness
Book of World Records. On page 185 of its 1997 edition, in the Architecture
category of the Commerce section, a photograph and details of the Mandir
were included under the title "Largest stone Hindu temple outside India."
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