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Modi to lay foundation stone for Abu Dhabi’s first Hindu temple

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will witness the foundation stone-laying ceremony for the first Hindu temple in the capital of the UAE.

The Indian Ambassador to UAE, Navdeep Singh Suri told, “The sprawling temple spread over an area of 55,000 square meters will be located off the Dubai-Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Zayed Highway at Al-Rahaba”. 

The Prime Minister will lay the foundation stone at the Dubai Opera, during an Indian community event that he will be attending. UAE is a home to over three million people of Indian origin. 

Navdeep Singh Suri said, “On Sunday, you will see a groundbreaking ceremony, which is going to be live-streamed into Dubai Opera House. It is going to be tradition- meeting-technology. The Indian Prime Minister will flag off laying of the temple’s foundation stone during the community event”. 

The Bochasanwasi Akshar Purushottam Sanstha (BAPS), which is taking care of temple’s building area, will be arranging a special pink-coloured stone from Rajasthan to lay as the foundation stone. 

The chief spokesperson of BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha said, “The generous gift of land for a Hindu temple by His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces”. 

The temple’s construction will be completed by 2020 and will be open to people of all religious backgrounds. 

Swaminarayanan Sanstha said, “It will be the first traditional Hindu stone temple in the Middle East, unique and outstanding in its architectural marvel, the temple will be hand-carved by Indian temple artisans and assembled in the UAE”. 

The arrangements for the ceremony are underway, and 12 saints led by Saint Ishwar Chand Swamy have especially left from India to perform the necessary rituals on Sunday.