BAPS Hindu Temple Inaugurated By PM Modi Opens For Public

The first Hindu stone temple in Abu Dhabi -- Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS) Mandir, which was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, opened on Friday for general public.
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BAPS Hindu Temple Inaugurated By PM Modi Opens For Public

Abu Dhabi: The first Hindu stone temple in Abu Dhabi -- Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS) Mandir, which was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, opened on Friday for general public.

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Spanning across a vast 27-acre expanse, this architectural marvel boasts a prayer hall accommodating 3,000 devotees, a community centre, an exhibition hall, and various other facilities. Crafted in the traditional Nagar style, the temple's foundation stone was laid in April 2019, showcasing intricate details with 1.80 lakh cubic feet of pink Rajasthan sandstone, 50,000 cubic feet of Italian marble, and 18 lakh bricks. Rising majestically at 108 feet, adorned with seven spires representing each of the UAE's emirates, the temple stands as a testament to architectural brilliance.
Enveloping the temple are meticulously designed features of the sacred rivers Ganga and Yamuna, while the entrance is graced by eight idols symbolising the foundational values of Sanatana Dharma. Echoing the ethos of human harmony, the temple's design intricately depicts elements of nature and life.
Beyond its spiritual significance, the temple complex serves as a cultural hub, featuring a visitors' centre, prayer halls, educational spaces, sports facilities, and thematic gardens. Housing seven shrines dedicated to various deities from different regions of India, each adorned with intricate carvings reflecting the essence of their teachings and stories.
Embracing eco-friendly practices, the temple integrates fly ash in its construction, reducing its carbon footprint. Innovative design elements ensure comfort for visitors in all weather conditions, while rigorous monitoring systems ensure structural integrity and safety.
Following the inauguration, PM Modi will address the Indian diaspora in UAE, underscoring the significance of this momentous occasion in strengthening cultural ties between India and the UAE.
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