Ambassadors and diplomats from more than 30 countries visited the construction site of the first traditional Hindu stone temple in the Middle East, the BAPS Hindu Temple in Abu Dhabi, to inspect its progress and promote dialogue on hope, harmony and humanity.
The diplomats attended a gathering at the Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS) temple on Thursday at the special invitation of Indian Ambassador to the UAE Sunjay Sudhir.
”Pillars of peace and beams of harmony that make up @BAPS @AbuDhabiMandir. Resident ambassadors and diplomats from more than 30 countries visited the temple site and marveled at the exquisite carvings and motifs from cultures around the world,” the Indian embassy in the UAE tweeted.
The temple was visited by envoys and mission representatives from the Philippines, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Japan, Indonesia, Israel, Brazil, Belgium, New Zealand, Canada and Nigeria, according to the Khaleej Times.
Sudhir briefed the ambassador and his family on the progress of the temple since the foundation stone was laid by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2018.
He reportedly described the temple project as a symbol of the “close, historical and cultural bond” between India and the UAE, where the two countries share the values of peace, harmony, tolerance and coexistence.
Sudhir also praised the vision of the UAE leadership and their inspiring efforts to build a diverse, peaceful and cohesive community.
According to the temple’s official Twitter account, diplomats were in awe of the craftsmanship and message of its carvings and architecture.
”It was an honor to welcome over 30 diplomats for a beautiful evening tour to learn about the progress of the temple and to engage in a dialogue of hope, harmony and humanity. This is also an opportunity to appreciate the spirit and vision of @BAPS @MohamedBinZayed and @narendramodi,” it tweeted.
The envoys also reportedly interacted with artisans and other team members at the temple and expressed their hope to return when the temple opens next year.
The BAPS Temple is being constructed on 55,000 square meters of land, with structures hand-carved by Indian temple artisans and assembled in the UAE.
Last year, Foreign Minister S Jaishankar visited the site and described it as a “symbol of peace, tolerance and harmony”.
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