Six TIME bureau chiefs and several correspondents chronicled the people, places and trends that are shaping the new Europe. This was the cover feature for this Special Issue, Winter 2000/01.
A TIME photo-journalist visited the Shree Swaminarayan Mandir in Neasden, London, during the first week of November 2000 and captured snapshots of Pramukh Swami Maharaj blessing kids (pg 42 of the issue). The female devotees looked on with reverence and respect (pg 9).
Out of the eight photographs that represent Britain in the article, Swamishri's photograph has been printed to show the immigrant vibrancy in the country.
The photograph of female devotees is one of the six chosen to be printed alongside the editorial.