In July 1977, His Holiness Pramukh Swami Maharaj inaugurated BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Wellingborough. A sole terraced house was transformed into the local mandir, catering for the growing number of haribhaktas in the town.
On Saturday 29 July 2017, more than 300 people joined in the 40th anniversary celebrations. A grand mahapuja was held to commence the evening, after which a carefully prepared programme drew attendees to learn about the history and humble origins of Wellingborough Mandir. Interviews with elderly haribhaktas gave an insight into the hardships and struggles over earlier years, where meagre wages were donated so willingly to help establish the Mandir. Members of the Sanyukta Mandal took part in a question and answer session, explaining how the Mandir grew to the beautiful building it is today.
The bygone days were brought to life during an emotional video presentation, showing Pramukh Swami Maharaj’s memorable visits to Wellingborough. Local haribhaktas generously opened their archives to share rare footage of the first murti-pratishtha and the later consecration of the holy Akshar Deri in Wellingborough.
Bringing the evening to an end, everyone left with an overwhelming sense of pride and heartfelt appreciation for those who gave so much, so willingly.
Throughout its 40-year history, Wellingborough Mandir has become an integral part of the community, serving not only as a place of worship and haven of peace and serenity for visitors, but also opening its doors to community initiatives, such as blood donation drives, charity fundraising, educational visits, and much more.
Mahesh Patel, lead volunteer at the Mandir, said, “It has been a wonderful journey for us all. We owe a debt of gratitude to so many for making our success possible. We also thank the local community for their continued support and look forward to many such celebrations in the future.”