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Video: UAE temple stone works feature camels

Abu Dhabi - New video shows intricate stone carvings for the Abu Dhabi temple nearing completion in India.

(Screengrabs from video posted by BAPS UAE on YouTube)
(Screengrabs from video posted by BAPS UAE on YouTube)

Ashwani Kumar

Published: Sat 16 Jan 2021, 11:02 AM

Last updated: Sat 16 Jan 2021, 11:08 AM

The intricate stone works of the first traditional Hindu temple in Abu Dhabi is nearing completion in India. The BAPS Hindu Mandir released a video showing hundreds of sculptors at work in Rajasthan.

“The fascinating stone work is ongoing in India for the Mandir in Abu Dhabi. It is beautiful and diverse, and intricately sculpted by hand. The Mandir (temple) is reviving and revitalising ancient art and stone craftsmanship (that is) thousands of years old. Hundreds of craftsmen are not just carving history, but making a manifestation of devotion and harmony,” said a representative from the BAPS Hindu Mandir.

The hand-carved sculpture reflects the rich culture and history of India and includes Arab symbols like camels. It includes the Indian epics Ramayana, Mahabharata and other narratives from Hindu scriptures and mythology. The temple will be built according to the ancient Hindu ‘shilpa shastras’ — Sanskrit scriptures of architecture.

The stone pieces are expected to be ready for shipment to the UAE by March. DP World and the Transworld group are offering the logistical support.

The construction of the temple in Abu Dhabi’s Abu Mureikha is also going ahead at a great pace. The foundation has been raised to a height of more than 3 metres.

The temple will have seven spires and five domes. The complex will have a visitor’s centre, prayer halls, library, classroom, community centre, majilis, amphitheatre, play areas, gardens, books and gift shops, food court and more facilities.

The temple is expected to be completed in 2023.

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