Abu Dhabi’s Grand Temple: Modi to Inaugurate Ram Mandir-like Structure on Feb 14

The grand construction of a Ram temple in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE), is nearing completion. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate this temple (BAPS) on the occasion of Vasant Panchami, February 14th. Spread across 27 acres in Abu Dhabi’s cultural district, the temple aims to foster cultural harmony between Indian and Arab traditions.

Architectural Marvel: Fusion of Arabic and Hindu Elements

The temple complex includes parking space covering half of its area, inaugurated six years ago. Notably, the main dome of the temple, representing earth, water, fire, sky, and air, features a depiction of the moon in Arabic architecture, holding significance for the Muslim community. This temple will welcome followers of all faiths, serving as a testament to cultural amalgamation between Indian and Arab traditions.

Traditional Construction Techniques: Stone and Marble

The construction of the temple in Abu Dhabi adheres to traditional methods without the use of wood or steel. According to volunteer Yogesh Thakkar, stone carving and marble work involved importing over 20 tons of stone and marble in 700 containers from India. The temple can accommodate up to 10,000 devotees.

Symbolism in Architecture: Unity in Diversity

The temple courtyard will feature a Wall of Harmony, depicting stories from Arabian, Chinese, Aztec, and Mesopotamian cultures, showcasing the integration of diverse traditions. This temple will serve as a model of dialogue and coexistence in the UAE.

Fulfillment of a Vision: The BAPS Legacy

Brahmvihari Swami, a prominent figure in BAPS, stated that this temple will mark the first BAPS establishment in the Arab world. The dream of constructing a Hindu temple in the Arab region was envisioned in 1997 when Guru Pramukh Swami Maharaj visited and expressed his desire. Today, after 27 years, this dream is materializing.

Architectural Highlights: Fusion of Mythology and Modernity

The temple entrance features a sandstone texture, symbolizing the confluence of the Ganges, Yamuna, and Saraswati rivers, with the Ganges and Yamuna represented on either side of the main entrance, and the Saraswati depicted through lighting arrangements. The temple, established over 96 hours, symbolizes 96 years of penance. Even the tiles on the temple roads remain cool. Adjacent to the temple is a Ghat representing the confluence of the Ganges, where arrangements for the Ganga Aarti will be made.

Representation of Seven Emirates: Unity in Diversity

The temple boasts seven spires, representing the seven emirates of the UAE. It will house seven deities, including Ram-Sita and Shiv-Parvati. The walls will depict the entire Ramayana, Jagannath Yatra, and Shiv Puran in stone carvings, offering visitors a visual journey through childhood stories in 3D format, immersing them in the temple’s ambiance.

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