At BAPS Mandir, the first Hindu temple in the UAE, inaugurated by Prime Minister Modi

On February 14, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate a major temple in Abu Dhabi, a few weeks after he inaugurated the Ram temple in Ayodhya.

The BAPS Mandir is the first Hindu temple in the Abu Mureikhah district of the capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

There are three other Hindu temples in the United Arab Emirates, which are located in Dubai. Spread over a large area of ​​stone architecture, the BAPS Temple will be the largest in the Gulf region.

Here’s everything we know about the temple.

About the BAPS Abu Dhabi Temple

In 2015, during Prime Minister Modi’s first visit, the UAE decided to allot land in Abu Dhabi for the construction of a temple News18.

As the first Indian Prime Minister in 34 years – after Indira Gandhi – to visit this strategically important Gulf state, the Prime Minister’s visit was of crucial diplomatic importance.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi accepts the invitation to inaugurate the BAPS Hindu Mandir in Abu Dhabi on February 14. PTI

The Prime Minister inaugurated the temple project in February 2018 and construction began in December 2019.

The inauguration ceremony of the temple is scheduled for February 14, 2024, coinciding with the holy Basant Panchami.

Its construction and architecture

The BAPS Hindu Temple, which stands majestically amid the desert sands of Abu Dhabi, is currently receiving final works.

Accordingly PTIThe temple, spread over 27 hectares of land at Abu Mureikhah, near Al Rahba on the Dubai-Abu Dhabi Sheikh Zayed Highway, was built at a cost of Rs 700 crore.

The huge complex has remarkable dimensions: 32.92 meters (108 feet) high, 79.86 meters (262 feet) long and 54.86 meters (180 feet) wide.

A large amphitheater, prayer rooms, gallery, library, themed gardens, water features, food court, gift shop, children’s playground, majlis and two community halls that can accommodate 5,000 people are some of the temple’s extensive facilities .

According to the news agency, the temple will be constructed with a marble facade and pink sandstone with intricate carvings brought from north Rajasthan.

Ambassadors and diplomats from 42 countries visit BAPS Hindu Mandir in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. PTI

“The choice of these stones, known for their resistance to scorching temperatures of up to 50 degrees Celsius, reflects practical considerations of the UAE’s climate.” PTI quoted Som Singh, a craftsman from Rajasthan who created statues for the temple and later moved to the United Arab Emirates to work at the site.

As part of an environmentally conscious strategy to reduce CO2 emissions, fly ash was incorporated into the concrete mix of the foundation. It is worth noting here that this project is different from others as it is the first traditional Hindu temple to undergo comprehensive digital modeling and seismic simulation Financial Express.

The temple’s foundation includes 100 sensors, while over 350 sensors are strategically placed throughout the structure, continuously collecting data on earthquake activity, temperature fluctuations and pressure changes, according to the report.

Marble carvings were made from more than 25,000 pieces of stone against a sandstone backdrop. There are two ghumats (domes), seven shikhars (towers) symbolizing the seven emirates of the UAE, 12 samrans (dome-like structures) and 402 pillars.

The design of the temple is inspired by Vedic architecture and sculptures. Accordingly PTIEach shikhar features intricate carvings depicting stories from the Ramayana, Shiv Purana, Bhagavatam and Mahabharata as well as tales of Lord Jagannath, Lord Swaminarayan, Lord Venkateshwara and Lord Ayyappa.

Ambassadors and diplomats from 42 countries visit BAPS Hindu Mandir in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. PTI

Camels, a symbol of perseverance, commitment and endurance, were carved into the sculptures to give them a unique local touch. The Dome of Harmony serves as a unique representation of the harmony of the five natural elements – earth, water, fire, air and space.

Madhusudan Patel, the construction manager of the temple, said PTI“Our journey during construction has been a mix of innovation and overcoming challenges.” He revealed that heat-resistant nanotiles and heavy glass panels were used to blend traditional aesthetic stone structures with modern ones.

The temple consists of 40,000 cubic meters of marble, including Italian marble, 180,000 cubic meters of sandstone and over 1.8 million bricks. Vishal Brahabhatt, who oversees procurement and logistics at the site, said more than two million cubic feet of “holy” stone was transported in more than 700 containers for temple construction.

The Prime Minister inaugurated the temple project in February 2018 and construction began in December 2019. PTI

About the organization

The Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha is known by its acronym BAPS. The late 17th century religious guru Bhagwan Swaminarayan is the inspiration for the organization’s name.

According to the BAPS website, it is a socio-spiritual Hindu religion with origins in the Vedas, founded in 1907 by Shastriji Maharaj (1865-1951) and launched in the late 18th century by Bhagwan Swaminarayan (1781-1830). became.

The BAPS claims to manage 1,100 temples and 3,850 units worldwide. The BAPS is also responsible for the Akshardham temples in Gujarat and Delhi.

The organization was also responsible for building the largest Hindu temple outside India, Akshardham, in Robbinsville, New Jersey. Located 99 miles south of New York City, Akshardham Mahamandir spans 185 acres in New Jersey and reaches a height of 191 feet. The temple’s construction used 1.9 million cubic feet of stone and was transported from over 29 different locations around the world, including Bulgaria, Italy, Greece, Turkey and India.

With inputs from PTI


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