The largest Hindu BAPS temple in the United Arab Emirates in Abu Dhabi will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi next year.
Union Education, Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, who was on a visit to Abu Dhabi on November 2 paid a special visit to BAPS Hindu Mandir and took stock of the construction of the temple, which is scheduled to be completed in 2024. Swami Brahmavihari Das gave a tour of the temple site to the minister and briefed him about the progress of the construction.
The first Hindu temple in Abu Dhabi will come up on 55,000 square metres of land. The UAE government has gifted 17 acres of land for the temple complex.
The temple will be hand-carved by Indian temple artisans and assembled in the UAE. It will incorporate all aspects and features of a traditional Hindu temple as part of a fully functional, social, cultural and spiritual complex. It will replicate the BAPS temple in New Delhi and New Jersey.
Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS) is a socio-spiritual Hindu organisation set up in 1907 that runs more than 1,100 temples and cultural compounds around the world.