Construction of the First Hindu Temple in Abu Dhabi
Construction work has commenced on the first Hindu temple in Abu Dhabi following a foundation stone-laying ceremony earlier this month on April 20 in the UAE capital. The temple built in the Bu Marikha area on the Abu Dhabi-Dubai Highway will include an art gallery, halls, library, gym and other facilities, according to a report by UAE state news agency, Wam. The 5.5ha temple will include architecture and carvings mirroring prehistoric stories from Indian scriptures to signify peace and spirituality.
The temple will be constructed by Mandir Limited – the legal entity registered with the Abu Dhabi Government for the temple project – along with Baps Swaminarayan Sanstha, a global organisation known for managing Hindu temples. RSP Architects is the lead consultant and designer of the temple and Ramboll will provide façade for the building. According to Baps Swaminarayan Sanstha’s, traditional architects known as sompuras, and engineers will design the stone temple. The exterior of the temple will be made of pink sandstone from Rajasthan, which is also known as the material behind the Indian state’s historical Hawa Mahal landmark, and the interiors will be clad with white marble, to be handcrafted by Indian artisans.
Dr Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, the UAE’s Minister of Climate Change and Environment, and Dr Ahmad bin Abdullah Humaid Belhoul Al Falasi, Minister of State for Higher Education and Advanced Skills attended the ceremony. Mahant Swami Maharaj, the spiritual leader of Baps Swaminarayan Sanstha – the religious and social organisation building the temple – and Navdeep Suri, Ambassador of the Republic of India to the UAE were present at the foundation stone laying ceremony. Laying the foundation stone of the temple is reflective of the landscape of tolerance and pluralism in the UAE. The Founding Father, late Sheikh Zayed, always believed that co-existence between peoples of various religious beliefs and nationalities is the only way to establish international peace.
Information Source: Construction Week Online
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