VIDEO: The first Hindu temple built in this Muslim country, know what is special about it

By Pooja Bhardwaj February 13, 2024 3:45 PM IST

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First Hindu temple built in Abu Dhabi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will on Wednesday inaugurate the iconic BAPS Hindu Temple, the first Hindu temple in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). PM Modi is on a two-day official visit to UAE from today. Apart from inaugurating the temple, PM Modi will also address the Indian community at an event organized at Zayed Sports City in Abu Dhabi. In December last year, PM Modi had accepted the invitation to inaugurate the BAPS Hindu Temple given by Swami Ishwarcharandas and Swami Brahmaviharidas along with the board of directors.

See the grandeur of the temple in the video

These are the features of the temple

Located in Abu Murikha area, this temple is built at an estimated cost of Rs 700 crore. Pink Rajasthan sandstone and white Italian marble were carved in India and later sent to the United Arab Emirates to construct the temple.

Abu Dhahi BAPS Hindu Temple is the first traditional Hindu temple in the UAE. This temple and its complex are spread over 27 acres of land. BAPS Hindu Temple is located in the Abu Mureekhah district of Abu Dhabi. The foundation stone of the temple was laid in April 2019 and construction work began in December that year. Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, donated 13.5 acres of land for the construction of the temple in 2015. After that, the UAE government gifted an additional 13.5 acres of land for this temple in January 2019.

BAPS or Bochasanvasi Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha is a Hindu sect. This sect, known for its reverence for Swaminarayan as an incarnation of Lord Krishna, led the construction of this temple. The design of the temple is inspired by Vedic architecture and sculptures. Each of the seven pinnacles of the temple symbolizes an emirate of the United Arab Emirates.

Inside the temple there are prayer halls, a visitor center and thematic gardens. There are about 100 sensors installed in its foundation. Apart from this, there are more sensors in various other areas to check seismic activity etc. Unlike Ayodhya Ram temple, iron and steel have not been used in building this temple. The temple will also have classrooms, exhibition center and play areas for children.

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