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Abudhabi Hindu Temple opening its door for UAE resident on March 1

A Landmark Occasion for the Indian Community in the UAE

Starting March 1, the large Indian expatriate population in the UAE eagerly awaits the opening of the first Hindu temple in Abu Dhabi. BAPS Hindu Mandir will be open to all UAE residents after that.

Initially, only overseas devotees and VIP guests who registered in advance were permitted to visit after the February 15 inauguration ceremony. Starting March 1, the temple will open daily to the public from 9 AM to 8 PM, except on Mondays when it closes.

Visitors must register online in advance through the website or app used for temple entry. The UAE government gifted 27 acres of land for the construction of this historic temple. Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS) organization funded the project, costing approximately 700 crore rupees. Its grand opening was on February 14, held by Prime Minister Modi under a formal dedication ceremony for the finished Mandir.

Temple Features and Cultural Significance

Built-in ancient Nagara architectural style, the temple incorporates traditional designs and techniques described in Hindu scriptures. Intricately carved from 18 lakh bricks and 1.8 lakh cubic meters of sandstone from Rajasthan, the Mandir features seven symbolic spires representing each of the seven Emirates.

Additionally, the spires house idols of various Hindu deities, including Shiv, Vishnu, and Balaji. To equally represent the UAE, carvings of camels and the national bird – the falcon – integrate alongside traditional Indian iconography of elephants and lions.

The temple walls vividly depict narratives from diverse world cultures, in addition to tales from Hindu epics. The external walls are sandstone, while Italian marble lines the interior columns and walls. Other notable elements are the two marble domes symbolizing peace and harmony and holy water from India’s rivers Ganga and Yamuna.

Over 25,000 intricately carved pink sandstone pieces adorn the façade that skilled artisans crafted. The completed Mandir is an architectural and artistic landmark representing Indian and Emirati heritage.

Collaborative Efforts and Cultural Milestones

The opening of Abu Dhabi’s first Hindu stone temple marks a historic cultural and spiritual milestone. Built through a collaborative effort between the UAE and India, the intricately ornate BAPS Hindu Mandir is poised to attract devotees and admirers worldwide. For the large local Indian community, it provides a long-awaited place to connect with their faith and traditions.

Alok Verma

Alok Verma is an accomplished International Reporter at IndiaFocus with a deep-seated passion for global affairs and cross-border stories. With an impressive track record in international journalism, Alok is dedicated… More »

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