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Our Legacy

The Slough Hindu Mandir is the first Hindu Mandir built on its very own foundations. Every brick in the mandir holds the story of commitment and passion to religion and caring for others

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Estd. 1963

Hindu Cultural/Indian Cultural Society

The Indian Cultural Society was renamed from the Hindu Cultural Society in order to make it more inclusive. This played a pivotal part in the push for the temple as the society gained members,

28/07/ 1977

Initial Planning

The need for a temple was now necessary, since the renting of St Michael's Hall on Farnham Road wasn't going to be a long term solution. A council-owned site on Keel Drive in Chalvey was going to be used, at an estimated cost of £75,000- about £1,484,355 in today's money.

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The first of its kind.

On the 25th of October 1981, a milestone was achieved: the British Isles gained its first purpose-built Hindu Mandir: the very first out of 150 temples currently in the UK. The opening gathered more than 2,000 people, including Swami Krishanand Saraswali, founder of the Human Trust Service UK and Slough's then mayor, Ken Small. The Mandir was praised for having the perfect balance between traditional Indian architecture and 1980s British design. In September 1984, works on an extension started to make room for further community activities such as Hindi and Sanskrit classes, yoga, musical and dance events. It was renovated in 1985 and was further extended in 2001 with the opening of a function hall.

In the present...

To this day, the mandir continues to serve the community in a variety of different ways. During the COVID pandemic in 2020, the mandir was used as a testing centre. The Arnapurna project currently running in the temple aims to help the more disadvantaged by providing them with food; the list keeps on growing...

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