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Hindu Temple in Abu Dhabi UPSC NOTE

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  • PM Narendra Modi on Wednesday inaugurated Abu Dhabi’s first Hindu stone temple, describing it as a symbol of the shared heritage of humanity and thanking the UAE for scripting a new golden chapter of human history.

  • Speaking at the inauguration of the temple built by the Bochasanwasi Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS).

  • The Prime Minister profusely thanked the President of UAE, Sheikh Mohammad Zayed Al Nahyan, for making the grand temple in Abu Dhabi a reality and said he has not only won the hearts of Indians living in the Gulf nation but also of 140 crore Indians.

  • BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha Mandir is the official name of Abu Dhabi's first Hindu stone temple. 

  • Location: The temple is located on a 27-acre site in Abu Dhabi's Al Mushrif area.

  • Architecture: The temple is built in the traditional Nagara style of Hindu temple architecture, with intricate carvings and sculptures.

  • Deities: The temple enshrines several Hindu deities, including Lord Swaminarayan, Shiva, Vishnu, Ganesh, and Parvati.

  • Facilities: The temple complex includes a prayer hall, community center, exhibition hall, library, children's park, and gardens.

  • Significance: The temple is a landmark of religious and cultural significance for the Hindu community in the United Arab Emirates

  • It is also a symbol of interfaith dialogue and understanding.

  • The temple was built at a cost of approximately ₹700 crore (US$90 million).

  • Over 20,000 tonnes of sandstone were used in the construction of the temple, which was shipped from Rajasthan, India.


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