Foundation stone laid for first traditional Hindu temple in UAE

Saturday, April 20, 2019

The historic foundation stone-laying ceremony of the first traditional Hindu temple in Abu Dhabi was performed on Saturday, April 20 in the presence of thousands of Indian community people and officials from India and the UAE.

The ‘Shilanyas Vidhi’ ceremony was presided over by Mahant Swami Maharaj, the spiritual leader of BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha – the religious and social organisation building the temple.

The ceremony started with rituals led by Pujya Ishwarcharan Swami. Sanskrit verses filled the air as priests described to devotees how each ritual had to be conducted.

Community leaders and devotees followed the directions from their respective seated areas which had a tray placed in front of them containing a brick, rice, flowers, nuts etc.

Once the ceremonies were complete, between 10.50am and 10.55am the foundation stone was laid by priests and BAPS Hindu Mandir committee head and community leader B.R. Shetty. There were some 50 priests who had come from India and were part of the ceremonies.

The temple will be built in phases with all pink stones and marbles being transported from Indian state of Rajasthan to the UAE capital.

The temple with seven towers representing the seven emirates in the UAE will come up on a 14-acre piece of land at Abu Mureikhah, close to the Abu Dhabi-Dubai highway. The stones for the temple will be carved by temple artisans in India and assembled in the UAE.

The plan to build the temple in the UAE's capital was approved by the Abu Dhabi government during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's first visit to the country in 2015.

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Sunday, June 16, 2019
UAE govt and people understand that all gods are one, just the names and way of worships are different.

Remember, only humans have religion, and god doesn’t have any such. He is always one.

They believed in god more than anyone, because they know if one truly loves god; religions are just different branches of the same tree;

Sunday, April 21, 2019
SAB need not to worry
We are very close to DOOMDAYS will see more activities like this

Saturday, April 20, 2019
Dear @Mr. SAB, with due regards, may I know why you said "pagal ho gaye UAE govt." Mr. SAB, have restraint. Its high time you show respect to all religions of the world and keep religion inside your heart, inside your home and religious place of worship. Live happily in peace and allow others too.

Saturday, April 20, 2019
I appreciate the UAE Government which gave permission and took the major step to built the Temple with Pink Stone stones and marbles being transported from Indian state of Rajasthan to the UAE capital. This Temple will be Unique and most beautiful Temple in the Middle East Region. I Hope soon it will be in Kuwait and other Countries.

Augustine Daniel DSouza
Saturday, April 20, 2019
Thanks to UAE Government for allowing to built Hindu Temple.

Suresh Jangid
Saturday, April 20, 2019
Very nice step by UAE Govt to unite people of all religions. Big respect and applause for the UAE authorities

Saturday, April 20, 2019
Tu pagal hai SAB
let me C what will you do

Saturday, April 20, 2019
SAB Jali Tumahri ???

Saturday, April 20, 2019
Indeed its a great honour to an ancient culture from a Great Religion. May tolerance grow sky high & May hundreds and hundreds of flowers blossom .....

Saturday, April 20, 2019
Pagal hogayei UAE Govt let me C more what can we watch much more

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