Abu Dhabi, 11 February (HS). There is enthusiasm among the expatriate Hindus as well as the local people about the construction of the first Hindu temple in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and its inauguration by the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi. Prime Minister Modi will inaugurate the temple on 14 February. After the inauguration, Prime Minister Modi will address a public program of NRIs at the local stadium. The rituals for the consecration of the temple have started from February 10. This temple is built on 27 acres, which has cost about Rs 900 crore. The temple has been constructed by Bochasan resident Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS).
Dr. Sahitya Chaturvedi, convenor and chartered accountant of the Dubai-based Indian Trade and Enterprise Council, told Hindusthan Samachar that the establishment of the Sanatan Temple in Abu Dhabi is a fusion of many cultures, which will work to closely connect India and the coastal civilization of the Arabian Sea. . The UAE government’s wholehearted support for the temple complex, from providing land to laying the foundation stone and construction of the shikhara, is highly commendable. This grand temple has been constructed using ancient methods. In fact, it is a temple of human civilization, which is inspiring the world towards the feeling of one family.
He told that the rituals of consecration of the temple have started from February 10. Even after Pran Pratistha, various events will be held till 20th February. 108 yagya altars have been constructed in the temple.
Dr. Chaturvedi told that Prime Minister Modi will inaugurate the temple on 14 February. Along with this, major donors who helped in the construction of the temple have also been invited. After the consecration, Prime Minister Modi will also address the Indian community at the stadium in Abu Dhabi. This stadium has seating arrangements for 50 thousand people. On this occasion, a total of 180 students from India and UAE will welcome Modi with the national anthems of both the countries. After this, the Hindu temple of UAE will be opened to the public from 18th February.
Regarding the construction of the first Hindu temple in Abu Dhabi, Indian-origin engineer Dhairya Narayan Jha, associated with the steel business in Dubai, said that we are all very happy with the construction of the Hindu temple in Abu Dhabi. This temple will become a center of attraction for tourists besides the NRIs here. The construction of this temple also shows what kind of diversity and inclusivity there is in the UAE. India also has the specialty of unity in diversity. I am proud that both India and UAE follow similar values.
In this regard, Dubai teacher Sana Suleman said that it is a matter of happiness that a Hindu temple is being built here through collective efforts. Dubai is a good example of how people of all religions can live peacefully and harmoniously together.