Only two days left for the Pran Pratishtha Mohotsav of the first Hindu temple in Abu Dhabi. PM Modi will participate in the program on February 14. Notably, this is going to be the first stone-built temple in the traditional Hindu architectural style in the Middle East to be built by the BAPS Institute. Located in Abu Dhabi, this magnificent temple symbolizes the spirit of friendship, cultural harmony and cooperation between India and the United Arab Emirates. Before the Pran Pratistha program, the temple is lit up with lights.
It is worth mentioning that there are three other Hindu temples in the UAE which are located in Dubai. But BAPS will be the largest temple in the entire Bay Area. Spread over a large area with stone architecture, the BAPS temple will be the largest temple in the Gulf region. Prime Minister Modi will be on a two-day visit to the United Arab Emirates from Tuesday, during which he will inaugurate a huge temple on February 14. The special thing is that 40,000 cubic feet of marble has been used in the construction of the interior of the temple.
UAE seems very excited about Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to UAE. UAE Ambassador to India Abdulnasir Alshali on Monday expressed hope that this will take the strategic relationship between the two countries to new heights. Alshali said that this tour is very special. We feel proud and honored about this.
Alshali said that the UAE-India relationship is strategic not only in the bilateral sense but also in all other areas of cooperation including multilateral meetings, gatherings and engagements.
The temple is built on a 20,000 square meter plot of land in Abu Dhabi called ‘Al Waqba’. Al Waqba, adjacent to the highway, is about 30 minutes from Abu Dhabi. Let us tell you that according to the data of the Indian Embassy, there are about 26 lakh Indians living in the UAE, which is about 30% of the population there.
Authentic ancient art and architecture have been revived through carvings in the temple. Temple management spokesperson Ashok Kotecha said the design of the master plan was completed in early 2020. With community support and leadership from India and the UAE, the work on the historic temple is progressing.
Let us tell you that the UAE government gave 20,000 square meters of land to build a temple in Abu Dhabi. The UAE government announced this in 2015 when Prime Minister Modi visited there for two days. The first Hindu temple is ready in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates. Eco-friendly methods are being emphasized in temple construction.
Let us tell you that during the visit of PM Narendra Modi to Dubai in 2018, Bochasan resident Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha laid the foundation stone of the temple there through video conferencing from the Opera House.