Grand Opening Abu Dhabi’s Traditional Hindu Stone Temple Set to Open in 100 Days
The highly-anticipated unveiling of Abu Dhabi’s first traditional Hindu stone temple, the BAPS Hindu Mandir, is just 100 days away. After commencing construction in December 2019, the temple is in its final stages of completion and is scheduled for a grand opening on February 14, 2024.
Ceremonial Blessing of the Spires
Global Convener Leads Historic Ritual Overlooking UAE’s Emirates
Recently, Sadguru Pujya Ishwarcharan Swami, the global convener of BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha, the organization overseeing the temple’s construction, conducted a symbolic ceremony where flower petals were showered over the temple’s seven spires. This ritual was performed in collaboration with Pujya Brahmaviharidas Swami, the head of the BAPS Hindu Mandir, who joined Ishwarcharan Swami in ascending within a crane-lifted platform to bless each spire, with each one representing a distinct emirate of the UAE.
A Monumental Achievement
Temple Symbolizes Global Unity, Peace, and Progress
This day marked a historic moment, symbolizing unity, tranquility, and inclusivity on a worldwide scale. Artisans, volunteers, devotees, and Ishwarcharan Swami shared a deep sense of pride and joy as they observed the remarkable and groundbreaking progress of Abu Dhabi’s inaugural temple. Ishwarcharan Swami expressed his awe, stating, “It looks incredible and magnificent from above.”
Architectural Marvel of Pink Sandstone and Marble
Temple Complex on 27 Acres Off Dubai-Abu Dhabi Highway
Brahmaviharidas Swami elaborated on the temple’s construction, explaining that it is crafted from pink sandstones and white marble, sprawled across 27 acres of land in Abu Mureikha, just off the Dubai-Abu Dhabi highway. The entire complex, including parking facilities and the primary pinnacle with smaller counterparts, presents an astonishing sight, as described by Ishwarcharan Swami.
Artistic Depictions of Hindu Epics
Monumental Work Showcases Moments from Hindu Mythology
The artisans’ monumental work adorns the temple with depictions of key moments from Indian mythological epics like the Ramayana, Mahabharata, and various narratives from Hindu scriptures. Ishwarcharan Swami reviewed the ongoing construction progress and praised the selfless dedication of all involved in making this intricately hand-carved temple a reality.
A Symbol of Unity and Harmony
Minister Pradhan Highlights Cultural Legacy and Global Harmony
During his visit, Dharmendra Pradhan, India’s Minister of Education, Skill Development, and Entrepreneurship, placed a brick in the temple and referred to it as a legacy of Indian civilization that will foster global peace and harmony. He emphasized that the temple represents the modernity and timelessness of Indian civilization, which, in turn, will contribute to global harmony, peace, and well-being.
An Enduring Legacy: Grand Opening
Temple Set to Last Over a Thousand Years
The temple, lauded as a ‘spiritual oasis for global harmony,’ is expected to endure for over a thousand years. It will be unveiled to the world on February 14, accompanied by a ‘Festival of Harmony.’ Additional information regarding the opening ceremony and registration can be accessed by downloading the Festival of Harmony app or visiting the official website.