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BAPS Temple HIGHLIGHTS: PM Modi concludes UAE visit after inauguration of Mandir in Abu Dhabi

PM Modi inaugurated BAPS Mandir- Abu Dhabi’s first Hindu temple - on a 27-acre site in Abu Mreikhah, near Al Rahba off the Dubai-Abu Dhabi Sheikh Zayed Highway. The grand temple was built at a coast of Rs 700 crore and is the first stone-constructed Hindu temple in the Middle East.

Edited By : Ajeet Kumar, Aveek Banerjee
Abu Dhabi
Updated on: February 14, 2024 23:35 IST
PM Modi, BAPS temple, Abu Dhabi
Image Source : PTI PM Modi addressing the inaugural event of BAPS Temple in Abu Dhabi.

Abu Dhabi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the largest Hindu temple, BAPS Mandir, on Wednesday (February 14) in Abu Dhabi. Pink sandstone spires decorated with deities and the pious soar above what was once a barren patch of desert between Abu Dhabi and Dubai — now the site of the first stone-constructed Hindu temple in the Middle East. PM Modi, who arrived in UAE on Tuesday on his seventh trip to the Emirates just ahead of elections in the world’s largest democracy, hopes to further business, defence and cultural ties while cementing his relationship with his "brother", UAE President Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan. Apart from temple Consecration, the Prime Minister will also address the World Government Summit 2024 in Dubai where UAE President Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan will also be present.

 

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    The Hindu Mandir stands out in the emptiness of Abu Mureikha, otherwise known for being where the UAE’s sheikhdoms agreed in 1976 to have a unified military. Just off the main highway linking Dubai to Abu Dhabi, the temple is made of sandstone imported from India’s Rajasthan state. Inside, Italian marble shines. Smaller temples have existed for decades in the UAE, but none follow the traditional building techniques of the Hindu Mandir. Its carved stones fit like a jigsaw puzzle and provide support without relying on the steel beams of modern architecture.

    Stone dioramas ring its exterior, beginning with a scene in 1997 with a Hindu leader, shaded by an umbrella, in the sands of Sharjah calling for a temple in Abu Dhabi. The last is a tiny UAE in relief, with religious leaders in front of a temple and the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, the world’s tallest building.

  • 9:51 AM (IST) Posted by Ajit Kumar

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    The inauguration of the iconic Mandir will be celebrated through the ‘Festival of Harmony’ – a series of uplifting programs and community events focused on strengthening faith, mobilising community service, and inspiring harmony among people of all generations and backgrounds, the Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS) said in a press release.

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