February 10, 2018 10:13 PM
Swami Brahmavihari

Ahmadabad (Face2News)

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will on Sunday join Bhoomi Pujan ceremony for a Hindu Mandir to be constructed by the BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha in Abu Dhabi.

The first traditional Hindu stone temple in the Middle East will be built at Abu Mureikhah, off the Dubai-Abu Dhabi highway, by 2020 and hand carved by Indian artisans.The UAE government had reportedly granted 55,000 square meters of land for the temple.

The UAE government had made the announcement for land allocation, just outside Abu Dhabi city, during Modi's first visit to UAE in 2015.Swami Brahmavihari, chief spokesperson of BAPS, who coordinates its activities in the Middle East and has been regularly visiting for over 20 years, said “The generous gift of land for a Hindu Temple by the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, UAE, is a strong and sound message to the world that cultural and spiritual inclusiveness is the way forward for global harmony. Especially in the 21st century, when the world is fragmenting for frivolous reasons, this timely noble gesture creates hope for unity in diversity. It reinforces the guiding vision of tolerance and harmony of the founding fathers of the UAE.”

He said “We are sincerely grateful and indebted to the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, HH Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and the Prime Minister of India Mr. Narendra Modi, as well as the people of both nations for their commitment towards peace and harmony.

The Swami said, “The BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha is both honoured and humbled to have been invited and entrusted to design, construct and manage the Temple by the rulers of the UAE and the Government of India. Of all the 1,200 BAPS temples around the world, in India, the UK, the USA, Canada, Australia and Africa, many have been acclaimed with national and international awards for their art, architecture, beauty and excellence, environmental features and other social work. This first traditional stone temple in the Middle East, inspired by Pramukh Swamiji Maharaj and blessed by Mahant Swamiji Maharaj will also be, in its own way, unique and outstanding.

He informed that the temple to be built at Abu Mureikhah, off the Dubai-Abu Dhabi Highway, will incorporate all aspects and features of a traditional Hindu temple as part of a fully functional, social, cultural and spiritual complex. The stones will be carved by temple artisans in India and assembled in the UAE. Expected to be completed by 2020, it shall also include a visitors’ centre, prayer halls, exhibitions, learning areas, sports area for children and youths, thematic gardens, water features, a food court, a books and gift shop and other facilities.

Swami Brahmavihari said “Open to people of all beliefs and backgrounds, races and religions, this traditional temple will be a part of the UAE’s mission of happiness and harmony by helping to foster love, tolerance, understanding and peaceful coexistence. It will facilitate the traditional practice of the Hindu faith and serve the over 3.3 million Indians residing in and the millions of international tourists annually visiting the UAE through interfaith dialogue, pluralism and universal human values. It will also nurture the children of today and future generations towards a brighter future.”“Moreover, as a landmark addition to the UAE skyline, the temple will become a beacon of beauty, an oasis of peace, an ocean of spirituality and a home of harmony – a global symbol of faith and friendship, he added. 

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