ABU DHABI, February 19, 2024 (MSN): In a groundbreaking development, Abu Dhabi is hosting the consecration ceremony of its inaugural Hindu temple, marking a significant milestone in the region’s cultural landscape. The ongoing consecration ceremony at BAPS Hindu temple marks the establishment of the first Hindu temple in the capital city of the United Arab Emirates. Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the temple’s foundation stone in 2017. Spanning a vast 27-acre expanse, this architectural marvel boasts a prayer hall capable of accommodating 3,000 devotees and a community center, exhibition hall and various other amenities. Crafted in the traditional Nagar style, showcasing intricate details with 180,000 cubic feet of pink Rajasthan sandstone, 50,000 cubic feet of Italian marble and 1.8 million bricks. Rising majestically at 108 feet, adorned with seven spires representing each of the UAE’s emirates, the temple stands as a testament to architectural brilliance.

Beyond its spiritual significance, the temple complex serves as a cultural hub, featuring a visitors’ center, prayer halls, educational spaces, sports facilities and thematic gardens. Housing seven shrines dedicated to various Deities from different regions of India, each adorned with intricate carvings reflecting the essence of their teachings and stories. Embracing eco-friendly practices, the temple integrates fly ash into its construction, reducing its carbon footprint. Innovative design elements ensure comfort for visitors in all weather conditions, while rigorous monitoring systems ensure structural integrity and safety.


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