The Twentieth Century Society

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IN PERSON: Neasden Temple - ’When Stones Speak’ - Tilak Parekh

IN PERSON: Autumn Lecture Series 2023: Neasden Temple - ’When Stones Speak’ - Tilak Parekh

Thursday 30 November  at 6.30 pm 

The Gallery, 70 Cowcross Street, London EC1M 6E

The Neasden Temple (opened in 1995) is a prominent global religious and cultural landmark. It is the first traditional Hindu temple to be built outside of India and was for several years also the largest Hindu temple outside of India. To date, around 11 million visitors from more than 120 countries from around the world have visited the Temple. This multimedia presentation explores various aspects involved in the Temple’s inception and construction, retracing the Temple’s journey from conceptualisation as an image in the mind of the guru to its material completion and illuminating the diverse social, theological, and architectural contexts in which it was built.

Tilak Parekh is doing his PhD at the University of Cambridge. His research interests span sacred space, religious leadership, youth religiosity, and digital religion. He has a degree in Theology and Religion from Oxford, followed by an MPhil at Cambridge and an MSc in Social and Cultural Anthropology at UCL.

In Person ticket price: C20 Society Members -  £10;  Non-Members - £ 15;  Young C20 member + guest- Free;  Student + guest- £5.

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Includes a glass of wine

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Note: This event is hybrid and is being run both in-person at Cowcross Street Gallery and online via Zoom. The event will be recorded and offered as a catch-up lecture for those who have booked, and will be available for two weeks.

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The Twentieth Century Society is an IHBC (Institute of Historic Building conservation) recognised CPD provider.

The Twentieth Century Society is a registered charity, no 1110244

Above image: BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir - CB Sompura (1992-95). Image: Andrea Pucci


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