Abu Dhabi to get first Hindu temple on Valentine Day

UAE's first Hindu temple was carved by three thousand artisans in 12 workshops of Pindwara.

The inaugural ceremony of the first grand Hindu temple in Abu Dhabi, a predominantly Muslim country, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), is set for February 14th. The Swami Narayan Temple, crafted by three thousand artisans across various locations in Sirohi district, including Pindwara, Amli, Moras, Kojra, Parlai, and Sarupganj, will be inaugurated by Guru Param Pujya Mahant Swami Maharaj and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

During the consecration of the BAPS Hindu Temple, Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, has declared that the emirate’s district Al Minhad will be renamed as Hind City. This temple, showcasing Vedic architecture infused with Arabic symbols, provides a window into India’s diverse culture and rich history.

As per Yogi Kishore Swami from the BAPS organization, the temple’s carvings offer glimpses into tales from the Ramayana, Mahabharata, and various mythological stories. Constructed in accordance with the ancient Hindu ‘Shilpa Shastra’—a Sanskrit architectural text—the temple beautifully incorporates elements from Arab, Egyptian, Mesopotamian, Aztec, and Indian civilizations.

Additionally, this architectural masterpiece features a blend of Italian and Indian stone. Upon entering the temple, the focal point is the remarkable mound structure crafted from the sand sourced from the seven emirates.

Speciality: Waterfall as a symbol of Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati.

The temple creatively represents the origins of the Ganga, Yamuna, and Saraswati rivers, symbolized through a captivating waterfall. Adorning the exterior are 96 bells, harmoniously resonating with the spiritual atmosphere. Under the majestic presence of seven peaks, deities, including Swaminarayan, Ram, Sita, Krishna, and Ayyappan, will be enshrined. The architectural marvel includes two domes, namely the ‘Dome of Harmony’ and ‘Dome of Peace,’ enhancing the sacred ambiance of the temple.

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