Conservative Party Leader, William Hague, Visits London Mandir
On Tuesday 2 November 1999, Rt. Hon. William Hague MP, Leader of
the Conservative Party, visited Shree Swaminarayan Mandir in London.
He was greeted in traditional style by Pujya Atmaswarup Swami, who,
to the chanting of the chanting of Vedic hymns, applied a chandlo
to his forehead and tied a nada chhadi on his wrist.
In his three-hour visit, Mr. Hague paid his respects to the murti
of Lord Swaminarayan in the central shrine. He was overwhelmed by
the architectural beauty of the mandir and praised the spirit of
volunteerism inspired by Pramukh Swami Maharaj.
Mr. Hague noted in the Opinion Book, "One of the most remarkable
places I have ever visited in this country - a truly inspiring example
of what can be achieved and the hope and faith that can be given
to new generations."
Before departing, Mr. Hague also paid a visit to The Swaminarayan
School, the first independent Hindu day school in Europe, where
he was very impressed by the school's rapid progress.