The temple will be inaugurated on Wednesday by Prime Minister Narendra Modi who will lead a dedication ceremony. On both sides of the temple flow the sacred waters of the Ganges and Yamuna, which were brought from India in huge containers.
The sacred waters of the Ganga and Yamuna, the pink sandstone of Rajasthan, furniture made from wooden trunks used to transport stones from India The first Hindu stone temple in Abu Dhabi is an architectural marvel created with contributions from different parts of the country. The temple will be inaugurated on Wednesday by Prime Minister Narendra Modi who will lead a dedication ceremony. On both sides of the temple flow the sacred waters of the Ganges and Yamuna, which were brought from India in huge containers. According to temple officials, a ghat-shaped amphitheater has been built on the side where the water of Ganga flows.
The idea was to make it like the ghats of Varanasi where visitors could sit, meditate and be mentally transported to the ghats of India. When visitors walk inside they will see two streams of water that symbolically represent the Ganges and Yamuna rivers in India. Vishal Patel, chief volunteer of the iconic temple, said the beam of light representing the Saraswati river will be directed from the temple structure to form the ‘Triveni’ confluence. The temple has been constructed by BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha on a 27-acre site in Abu Murreekha near Al Rahba on the Dubai-Abu Dhabi Sheikh Zayed Highway.
The façade of the temple has exquisite marble carvings on a sandstone background, carved from over 25,000 pieces of stone by skilled artisans from Rajasthan and Gujarat. A large quantity of pink sandstone for the temple was transported from northern Rajasthan to Abu Dhabi. Vishal Brahmbhatt, who oversees procurement and logistics at the site, told PTI that more than two lakh cubic feet of “sacred” stone has been transported in more than 700 containers for the construction of the temple. The pink sandstone was brought from India. The carvings were done by sculptors there and the stones were repositioned here. Then the artisans give final shape to the designs here.