- Sindhu Bharati Anandan
Prime Minister of India Mr. Narendra Modi officially inaugurated the foundation stone launching ceremony of UAE’s first ever Hindu temple on Sunday (11.2.18) in its capital city, Abu Dhabi. This is second official visit to Dubai as PM after his first visit in 2015.
The spiritual Hindu organisation, Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha(BAPS) is responsible for the construction of this temple. BAPS runs more than 1000 temples across the world. The BAPS Swaminarayan temple, Abu Dhabi will be built on 55,000 square feet of land in donated by the Crown Prince of Dubai Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan. The construction is believed to be completed by 2020. The temple will be a replica of the one under same name in Delhi and New Jersey.
Mr. Modi was video conferencing from the Dubai Opera House, where he interacted with members of Indian community. He thanked the Crown Prince of Dubai for his generous act.
Mr. Modi said this temple will also become a “medium of India’s identity”. “We have grown in a culture where temples are a medium of humanity…Holy place is a catalytic agent of humanity and harmony,” he told the gathering. “I believe this temple will not be only unique in terms of architecture and splendour, but will also give a message of ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ to people across the world,” he said.
Dubai has some 3-4 million people of Indian origin and people are truly elated by this proposal of constructing a temple in the Arab land and the bond between UAE and India is believed to get strengthened because of this act.