Inauguration of UAE’s First Hindu Temple by PM Modi:
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to inaugurate the BAPS Hindu temple in Abu Dhabi on February 14, marking a historic moment as the first traditional Hindu stone temple in the UAE.
The temple, situated on a vast 27-acre land in the Abu Mureikhah district, will witness its grand opening ceremony attended by dignitaries and devotees.
Spiritual Leader’s Arrival and Warm Welcome:
Swami Mahant Swami Maharaj, the spiritual leader of BAPS, has arrived in the UAE ahead of the temple’s inauguration, symbolizing the significance of the event.
Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence, extended a warm welcome, acknowledging the spiritual leader’s presence and expressing gratitude for his prayers and blessings.
Celebration Through ‘Festival of Harmony:
The inauguration of the temple will be celebrated with a ‘Festival of Harmony,’ featuring various programs and community events aimed at fostering unity, promoting community service, and inspiring harmony among people of diverse backgrounds.
This festival reflects the ethos of the Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS) in nurturing spiritual values and social cohesion.
Historical Context and Community Support:
The temple represents the culmination of decades of devotion and community spirit among Hindus in the UAE, nurtured through regular satsang assemblies and spiritual gatherings.
The generous gift of land by Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan in February 2018, coupled with Modi’s launch of the project, marked a historic milestone in interfaith relations, showcasing the UAE’s commitment to fostering harmony and dialogue among religions.
Symbolic ‘Yajna’ for Harmony:
Ahead of the inauguration, a symbolic ‘Yajna’ for harmony was conducted at the BAPS Hindu Mandir in Abu Dhabi, underscoring the temple’s mission to promote unity among cultures, religions, and nations.
Brahmaviharidas Swami, Head of BAPS Hindu Mandir, emphasized the temple’s significance in fostering coexistence and mutual respect, highlighting its role as a beacon of harmony in a diverse society.
Prime Minister’s Initiative and Temple’s Purpose:
Brahmaviharidas Swami acknowledged Prime Minister Modi’s initiative in launching the temple project in 2015, underscoring its importance in fostering harmony among cultures and communities.
The temple aims to serve as a symbol of unity, where people of different faiths and backgrounds can come together in mutual respect and understanding.
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