Spread over 27 acres, the 108-foot-tall structure is Abu Dhabi’s first Hindu temple and the largest in the Middle East.

Inauguration of Abu Dhabi’s First Hindu Temple:

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated Abu Dhabi’s inaugural Hindu temple, a monumental occasion marking a significant milestone for the Indian community in the Middle East.

The temple, standing at a towering height of 108 feet and spread across 27 acres, is not only Abu Dhabi’s first Hindu temple but also the largest in the entire Middle East region.

The construction of the temple, undertaken by the Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS), is estimated to have cost over ₹700 crore, underscoring its significance and grandeur.

Diplomatic Significance and Bilateral Relations:

The inauguration of the temple symbolizes the deepening relationship between India and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), showcasing the strong cultural and diplomatic ties between the two nations.

Prime Minister Modi emphasized the historical significance of the temple’s inauguration, describing it as a golden chapter in human history and a long-cherished dream come true.

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Expressions of Gratitude and Appreciation:

Prime Minister Modi expressed gratitude towards UAE President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan for his pivotal role in realizing the construction of the grand temple.

He lauded Sheikh Al Nahyan’s generosity and contributions, acknowledging the immense significance of the India-UAE relationship and the impact of the temple’s construction on bilateral ties.

Historical Context and Construction Process:

The journey towards the temple’s construction began in 2015 when Sheikh Al Nahyan donated 13.5 acres of land for the project, followed by Prime Minister Modi laying the foundation three years later.

Construction commenced in 2019 after an additional 13.5 acres of land was donated, culminating in the completion and inauguration of the majestic temple.

Symbolism and Architectural Features:

The temple’s architectural design includes seven spires representing the seven emirates that constitute the UAE, symbolizing unity and harmony in a multicultural landscape.

Each spire houses idols of significant Hindu deities, highlighting the interconnectedness of cultures and religions within the UAE and paying homage to the diverse spiritual traditions.

Global Participation and Religious Significance:

Prime Minister Modi participated in a ‘global aarti (prayer)’ conducted simultaneously at over 1,200 temples worldwide, emphasizing the global significance of the temple’s inauguration and its unifying impact.

Before inaugurating the temple, he symbolically offered water in the virtual Ganga and Yamuna rivers, representing sacred rivers in Hindu mythology, and met individuals from various religious backgrounds who contributed to the temple’s construction.

Continuation of Diplomatic Engagements:

Prime Minister Modi’s visit to the UAE, his seventh since 2015 and third in eight months, reflects the enduring partnership between India and the UAE.

Following the temple inauguration, he departed for Doha, Qatar, where he is slated to engage in discussions with Qatari leadership, further enhancing diplomatic ties and cooperation between the two nations.

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