25 May 2017: Visit to BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir, London

On the morning of May 25, the Karmapa travelled to northwest London to visit BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir, the largest Hindu temple in Europe. He was met by Pujya Yogvivekdas Swami and offered the traditional greeting of a garland of flowers, a tika (the red mark of blessing) and a blessed cord. The Karmapa was then guided around the temple to see an exhibition on understanding Hinduism and participated in prayers with the swami and other priests in two of the shrine rooms.

After a private meeting with the head of the temple, HH Mahant Swami Maharaj, the Karmapa was offered a lunch of traditional Indian dishes before departing London for the countryside.