BAPS Hindu Mandir in Abu Dhabi

Weeks after the consecration of the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya, another historic moment unfolds as Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to inaugurate the BAPS Hindu Mandir in Abu Dhabi on February 14. Situated in the Abu Mureikha area, this temple is not only the first of its kind in the UAE but also poised to be one of the largest and most beautiful Hindu temples outside of India, making it the largest Hindu temple in West Asia.

DIPLOMATIC SIGNIFICANCE

During PM Modi’s visit to the UAE in 2015, a pivotal diplomatic move occurred as the UAE allotted land for building the temple. This visit marked a significant diplomatic milestone, with Modi becoming the first Indian Prime Minister, post-Indira Gandhi, to visit this strategic Gulf nation in 34 years. In February 2018, the PM inaugurated the project, initiating construction in December 2019.

ARCHITECTURAL MARVEL

Built on over 5.4 hectares of land at a cost of Rs 700 crore, the BAPS Hindu Mandir boasts a vast complex featuring a large amphitheatre, a gallery, a library, a food court, a majlis, and two community halls with a capacity for 5,000 people. The temple is designed with intricately crafted pink sandstone and marble facade, adorned with seven spires representing each of the Emirates in the UAE.

CONSTRUCTION DETAILS

Comprising 40,000 cubic meters of marble, 1,80,000 cubic meters of sandstone, and over 1.8 million bricks, the temple draws inspiration from Vedic architecture and sculptures. Many statues and carvings have been meticulously crafted by artisans in India and transported to Abu Dhabi.

BAPS ORGANIZATION

Bochasanwasi Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS) spearheads the construction. Rooted in the vedas, BAPS is a socio-spiritual Hindu faith founded by Bhagwan Swaminarayan in the late 18th century. Operating over 3,850 centers and 1,100 temples worldwide, BAPS also played a pivotal role in establishing the world’s largest Hindu temple outside of India – Akshardham in Robbinsville, New Jersey.

CONSECRATION CEREMONY

The highly anticipated consecration ceremony of the BAPS Hindu Mandir is scheduled for February 14, 2024, aligning with the auspicious Basant Panchami. This event marks a momentous occasion, bringing together cultural richness and diplomatic significance on the global stage. Join the celebration of this architectural marvel that bridges cultures and fosters unity.

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