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Everything you need to know about the BAPS Hindu Mandir Abu Dhabi

The Hindu temple will open its doors to the public on 1 March.

The UAE is a place that harmonises inclusivism. Saadiyat Island’s Abrahamic House offer a mosque, church, and synagogue on one site, and now, Abu Dhabi has welcomed its first Hindu temple. The BAPS Hindu Mandir Abu Dhabi, which was inaugurated on 14 February, will open its doors to the public on 1 March, marking a historic milestone in the UAE’s cultural landscape.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the grand temple, which was attended by over 5,000 invitees. Preceding the public opening, devotees and VIP guests had the privilege to visit the temple. Now, starting 1 March, the temple will be accessible to the public six days a week, from 9am to 8pm, except for Mondays.

Spanning over 27 acres in Abu Mureikhah near Al Rahba, the BAPS Hindu Mandir Abu Dhabi stands as a testament to exquisite craftsmanship and spiritual grandeur. Constructed with 1.8 million bricks and 180,000 cubic metres of sandstone sourced from Rajasthan, the temple follows the Nagara style of architecture, reminiscent of ancient Hindu temples. Its seven towering spires symbolise the seven Emirates of the UAE, adorned with meticulously carved idols of Hindu deities.

BAPS Hindu Mandir Abu Dhabi

The temple’s design harmoniously blends Hindu and Emirati cultures, featuring carvings of camels and the national bird, the falcon, alongside traditional Indian motifs. Holy water from the Ganga and Yamuna rivers flows on either side of the temple, symbolising purity and spiritual sanctity.

Beyond its spiritual significance, the BAPS Hindu Mandir Abu Dhabi serves as a community hub, offering a range of facilities for visitors. From prayer halls and libraries to playgrounds and gift shops, the temple caters to diverse needs, fostering cultural exchange and dialogue.

BAPS Hindu Mandir Abu Dhabi

As the temple opens its doors to the public, it symbolises the UAE’s commitment to fostering diversity and cultural harmony. With its awe-inspiring architecture and inclusive ethos, the BAPS Hindu Mandir Abu Dhabi stands as a beacon of peace and unity in a rapidly evolving world.

GO: Visit www.baps.org for more information.

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Shaheera Anwar - Staff Writer
From a beautiful childhood in Riyadh to a calm and collected life in Dubai. When she's not busy penning her latest masterpiece, you can catch Shaheera lounging with her family or binging on the latest movies. And as a millennial, she's got her sights set on TikTok - hoping to go viral someday (fingers crossed).

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