All you need to know about BAPS Hindu Temple Complex in Abu Dhabi

 In Abu Dhabi’s desert sands, the BAPS Hindu Mandir is set to be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on February 14. The temple, near completion, is receiving finishing touches. 

| Updated: 05 February, 2024 12:50 pm IST

NEW DELHI: In Abu Dhabi’s desert sands, the BAPS Hindu Mandir is set to be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on February 14. The temple, near completion, is receiving finishing touches.

PM Modi will address the Indian community on February 13 at Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Zayed Stadium and attend the dedication ceremony at the BAPS Hindu temple on February 14.

Ambassador Sunjay Sudhir organised a preview of the temple for ambassadors and spouses from 42 countries. Excitement was expressed for the temple nearing completion, seen as a once-impossible reality.

Swami Brahmaviharidas, head of the BAPS Hindu Mandir project, highlighted the temple’s historical significance and its impact on interfaith harmony, receiving gratitude from both the UAE and Indian leadership.

Spanning 27 acres in Abu Mureikhah, near Al Rahba along the Dubai–Abu Dhabi Sheikh Zayed Highway, the temple’s location was strategically chosen. Pink sandstone from northern Rajasthan was transported to Abu Dhabi for durability in the UAE’s scorching temperatures.

Italian marble adds elegance to the construction. An eco-conscious approach includes integrating fly ash into the foundation’s concrete mix to reduce the carbon footprint. The project is notable for being the first Hindu traditional mandir with comprehensive digital modelling and seismic simulation.

The BAPS Hindu Mandir in Abu Dhabi stands as the largest temple in West Asia, with dimensions of 32.92 metres in height, 79.86 metres in length, and 54.86 metres in width. Architectural elements include two domes, seven spires symbolising the UAE’s seven Emirates, 12 samrans, and 402 pillars. The facade features marble carvings against a sandstone backdrop, crafted from over 25,000 pieces by skilled artisans in India.

Intricate carvings within the temple depict stories from Hindu epics. The ‘Dome of Harmony’ showcases the harmony of natural elements. The complex includes a visitor centre, prayer halls, exhibitions, learning areas, a children’s sports area, thematic gardens, water features, a food court, and a books and gift shop. The temple also has sensors for earthquake activity, temperature fluctuations, and pressure changes.

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