uae baps temple

uae baps temple

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated a majestic Hindu temple in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as part of his two-day visit to the country. Situated in Abu Dhabi, the BAPS Hindu Mandir stands on a generous 27-acre (11-hectare) parcel of land graciously donated by the UAE government.

uae baps temple
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The construction of the temple was first announced during Modi’s 2018 visit to the UAE and marks a significant development, potentially reinforcing the government’s Hindu nationalist agenda, particularly with general elections on the horizon in two months.

 

uae baps temple

This event follows closely on the heels of the inauguration of a grand temple dedicated to the Hindu god Ram in Ayodhya, India. Notably, this temple replaces a 16th-century mosque that was demolished by Hindu mobs in 1992, leading to widespread riots and nearly 2,000 casualties.

The BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha manages the Abu Dhabi temple, describing itself as a “spiritual, volunteer-driven fellowship” committed to nurturing Hindu values of faith, service, and global harmony. Originating from Modi’s home state, Gujarat, the organization boasts a claimed 200-year history.

 

uae baps temple

In a region with a significant Hindu population—around 660,000 according to the Pew Research Center—this temple holds particular significance. While temples have existed in the UAE for decades, this one stands out as the first to be constructed using traditional techniques. Crafted from pink sandstone from Rajasthan and white Italian marble, the temple underwent creation in India and assembly in Dubai.

 

uae baps temple

Impressively towering with dimensions of 108ft (32.9m) in height, 262ft (79.8m) in length, and 180ft (54.8m) in width, the temple was reportedly built within a budget of 7 billion rupees ($84.2 million; £67.09 million).

 

 

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