Look: Abu Dhabi Hindu temple rising ‘at great pace’

Published on January 5, 2021 at 15.17

The Capital's first traditional Hindu temple is expected to be completed in 2023.

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The construction of the first traditional Hindu temple in Abu Dhabi is progressing rapidly.
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Work on the hand-carved stone pieces for the BAPS Hindu Mandir being done in India and the foundation of the temple in Abu Dhabi’s Abu Mureikha were both on track despite the challenges of the pandemic.
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“Work is going ahead at a great pace in India and here in the UAE. The foundation is quickly rising to its height of more than 3 meters,” a representative from the BAPS Hindu Mandir said on Tuesday after an official video was released showing the first concrete pour done in December.
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Brahmavihari Swami, religious leader of Mandir BAPS Hindu, is overseeing the developments in cooperation with several local authorities. “Mohamed Al Khaja, a representative of the leadership of Abu Dhabi, reviewed the progress of the project and shared the nation’s support,” the representative said.
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The major portion of the stonework has been done in the Indian states of Rajasthan and Gujarat. The sandstone is from Rajasthan and marble from Italy.
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The hand-carved sculpture of different sizes showcases the rich culture and history of India and includes Arabic symbols, too. The stone pieces are expected to be ready for shipment to the UAE by March. DP World and the Transworld group for offering the logistical support.
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The temple will have seven spires and five domes. The complex will have a visitor’s centre, prayer halls, library, classroom, community centre, majlis, amphitheatre, play areas, gardens, books and gift shops, food court and other facilities.
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