Foundation laying ceremony of Abu Dhabi’s first Hindu Temple on April 20
The foundation laying ceremony of Abu Dhabi’s first Hindu temple will be held on April 20. With this, Abu Dhabi will get its first ever Hindu temple. According to media reports, Bochasanwasi Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS), a worldwide Hindu religious organisation is building this temple.
The present guru and President of the BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha, Mahant Swami Maharaj, will preside over the foundation laying ceremony of the temple. He will be in UAE from April 18 to 29.
Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan gifted 13.5 acres (55,000 square metres) land for temple near Mureikhah in Al Rahba area on the Abu Dhabi-Sweihan-Al Ain Road, close to the Abu Dhabi-Dubai highway. The UAE government has also gifted an equal area of additional land for parking facilities in the temple premises.
According to media reports, the temple will have seven towers. It will represent seven emirates of the UAE. The stones for the temple will be carved by artisans in India. It will be assembled in the UAE. The marble to be used in the temple will be brought from Macedonia in Europe.
In 2015, during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Abu Dhabi, the UAE government approved the plan to build this temple.
On February 11, 2018, Bhumi Pujan (sanctification of the land) ceremony took place at the site.
– PTC NEWS