Foundation Stone Laid for Abu Dhabi’s first Hindu Temple
The temple is being built on 13.5 acres (55,000 square metres) of land gifted by Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan to the Indian community.
The historic foundation stone-laying ceremony of the first Hindu temple in Abu Dhabi was performed recently in the presence of officials from India and the United Arab Emirates as well as thousands of members of the community. The ceremony was presided over by Mahant Swami Maharaj, the spiritual leader of BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha – the organisation building the temple, along with other priests. Indian Ambassador Navdeep Suri attended the event in the presence of over 2,500 Indians from the UAE and across the world, according to Gulf News. Suri and BAPS Hindu Mandir committee head and community leader, B.R. Shetty were among those who laid the foundation stones. Some 50 priests from India were part of the ceremony, the Khaleej Times reported. The temple will be built in phases with all the pink stones and marble being transported from Rajasthan to the UAE capital. The stones of the temple will be hand-carved by artisans in India and then transported to Abu Dhabi. Once completed, this will be the first traditional Hindu stone temple in the Middle East. The temple is being built on 13.5 acres (55,000 square metres) of land gifted by Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan to the Indian community.
(Extracted from muslimmirror.com)