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On February 11th, Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India laid a foundation stone for a Hindu temple to built in the capital city of UAE, Abu Dhabi. The construction is forecasted to be completed by 2020.
What Is It?
Abu Dhabi is home to a huge Indian diaspora and currently, both the Hindu temples in UAE are located in Dubai. To avoid the inconvenience caused to devotees in Abu Dhabi the decision to build a temple in Abu Dhabi was made by PM Modi during his visit to UAE in August 2015. The foundation stone was laid by PM Modi from the Dubai Opera House via video conferencing. The temple is to be built at Abu Mureikhah, off the Dubai-Abu Dhabi Highway and will be managed by Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS), socio-spiritual Hindu organisation that was set up in 1907 and currently runs over 1200 temple complexes around the world.
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It was a special moment to witness the groundbreaking ceremony for the first Hindu temple in Abu Dhabi. I thank HH Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan for the remarkable gesture of donating land for the temple. @MohamedBinZayed pic.twitter.com/tNOMjH2A4t
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) February 11, 2018
What’s In It?
The temple will come up on 55,000 square metres of land and will house idols of Lord Krishna, Lord Maheshwara, Lord Ayyappa and more. The stones on the walls and floors of the temple will be hand carved by artisans in India and assembled by professionals in UAE. The temple will be open to people of all religious backgrounds and intends to convey the message of Vasudev Kutumbakam.
— BAPS (@BAPS) February 13, 2018
The temple in Abu Dhabi is predicted to look like the Akshardham temple in New Delhi, India which is also managed by the BAPS. Designed to be an architectural wonder, this temple will incorporate all aspects of a traditional Hindu temple and over and above comprise of a visitors’ centre, prayer halls, exhibition centre, learning areas, sports area for children and youths, thematic gardens, water features and a food court.
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