PM Modi to visit UAE from Feb 13-14; to inaugurate first Hindu temple in Abu Dhabi

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will pay a two-day visit to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) beginning Tuesday during which he will inaugurate the first Hindu temple in Abu Dhabi. This will be the PM's seventh visit to the UAE since 2015.

The Bochasanwasi Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS) temple in Abu Dhabi will be inaugurated by the PM on February 14 and it will open for the public from March 1. The complex includes a visitors’ centre, prayer halls, exhibitions, learning areas, sports area for children and youth, thematic gardens, water features, a food court, book and gift shop and other facilities.

As a place of harmony, it will welcome people of all faiths to experience and understand Hindu culture and spirituality, said BAPS.

All you need to know about the temple

On April 5, 1997, devotees took the then president of Bochasanwasi Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS), a Hindu sect within the Swaminarayan Sampradaya, His Holiness Pramukh Swami Maharaj to a desert area in Sharjah, UAE.

Swamishri prayed for peace to prevail everywhere, all religions of all countries to have love for one another, countries to be free of internal enmity and prejudice and wished all nations progress. Of his own accord, he also sent out a prayer for a mandir be built in Abu Dhabi.

Over the next two decades BAPS sadhus and devotees met community and government leaders to seek permission for land to build a mandir as envisioned by Swamishri.

In 2015, the UAE government allotted land for a Hindu mandir. Prime Minister Narendra Modi publicly appreciated the move in Abu Dhabi and also posted on social media, "I am very thankful to the UAE Govt for their decision to allot land in order to build a mandir in Abu Dhabi. This is a great step."

BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha and Mandir Limited were chosen and entrusted by both governments to construct, develop and administer the mandir project.

After years of dedicated efforts, BAPS Hindu Mandir Abu Dhabi, with seven towers representing the seven emirates in the UAE has come up on that gifted land in Abu Mureikhah, Al Rahba area on the Abu Dhabi-Sweihan-Al Ain Road, close to the Abu Dhabi-Dubai highway.

Spokesperson for the mandir explained adhering to the practice of ancient shrines, no iron or steel reinforcements have been used in the construction of this mandir and the sprawling temple has been entirely sculpted from stone.

Elaborating on the process, he described, more than 20,000 tonnes of stone and marble have been shipped in more than 700 containers to Abu Dhabi over the past three years. Fly ash has been used to fill up the foundation, thereby replacing 55 per cent of the cement in the concrete mix, making the Mandir eco-friendly and reducing its carbon footprint. To monitor the structure, more than 300 sensors have been embedded at different levels to provide live data of stress, pressure, temperature and seismic events, said the spokesperson.

Planned to be built according to the precepts of the ancient Hindu shilpashastras, the BAPS Hindu Mandir complex, the spokesperson explained, will be a unique architectural feat and serve as a centre of art, culture and values. The exterior of the mandir is made of pink sandstone from Rajasthan and the interior from white marble handcrafted by artisans in India. More than 2,000 artisans in Indian states of Rajasthan and Gujarat have carved white marble pillars over the past three years etching out intricate designs of peacocks, elephants, horses, camels, the phases of the moon and array of musicians beating the drum or playing the sitar. Every corner and crevice is intricately hand-carved by hundreds of artisans in India. Thousands of such stone pieces have been shipped to the UAE and assembled on site like a giant 3D jigsaw puzzle.

Talking about BAPS, the spokesperson elaborated it is a worldwide community-based and volunteer-driven social and spiritual organization. The Sanstha’s principles were revealed by Bhagwan Swaminarayan (1781-1830) in the late 18th century and established in 1907 by Shastriji Maharaj (1865-1951). Today, under the spiritual and administrative leadership of His Holiness Mahant Swami Maharaj, BAPS serves millions around the world through its 1,200 mandirs, over 3,850 centers and more than 55,000 volunteers.

During PM Modi’s visit to the UAE in 2018, Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Prime Minister Modi welcomed sadhus of the BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha – Pujya Ishwarcharan Swami and Pujya Brahmavihari Swami, and the members of the BAPS Hindu Mandir Committee – Rohitbhai Patel, Ashokbhai Kotecha and Yogeshbhai Mehta. The BAPS Hindu Mandir in Abu Dhabi was officially announced in the royal court in February 2018 and foundation stone laying ceremony was performed in April 2019.

This Mandir has seven shikhars each representing an Emirate of the UAE. The amphitheater, spokesperson explained, will feel like sitting on the ghats of the Indian river – Ganga. A sand dune is being replicated inside the compound. Once inside, visitors will get to see two streams of water that symbolically represent the Ganga and Yamuna rivers in India. A beam of light will represent river Saraswati within the Mandir structure. The etchings also relate teachings from other cultures as a mark of respect for all religions. There will also be value tales from the Arabic region, Chinese, Aztec and from Mesopotamia that show how love is universal across all cultures, emphasised the mandir spokesperson.

Source: Times of India



Is it the right step for the UAE to allow the opening of a temple in Abu Dhabi?
 
Are other non Islamic places of worship there in UAE apart from the newly built temple?
 
In response to the question of the OP of course it is the right step. UAE has a massive Hindu community and they should be able to worship freely.

What I don't understand is Modi inaugrating it lol. He seems to be turning into a religious leader and chanting at mandirs/temples regularly. Is that in his job description?
 
Arabs have clearly adopted liberal western values and multiculturalism.

Long live UAE.
 
This is another win for India on foreign soil. UAE has always been in relations with India and this temple opening will further solidify that. Religious freedom is for everyone.
 
In response to the question of the OP of course it is the right step. UAE has a massive Hindu community and they should be able to worship freely.

What I don't understand is Modi inaugrating it lol. He seems to be turning into a religious leader and chanting at mandirs/temples regularly. Is that in his job description?
Yes, Modi is becoming a religious leader. I think after his prime ministership, it will be his full time job. 😀
 
Thanks UAE

UAE’s openness towards all religion is the reas for their prosperity today. Another feather in the cap of Modi government
 
In response to the question of the OP of course it is the right step. UAE has a massive Hindu community and they should be able to worship freely.

What I don't understand is Modi inaugrating it lol. He seems to be turning into a religious leader and chanting at mandirs/temples regularly. Is that in his job description?

Modi has been invited by MBZ for the inauguration.

It highly unlikely to refuse the invitation of the head of a very important ally.
 
Modi has been invited by MBZ for the inauguration.

It highly unlikely to refuse the invitation of the head of a very important ally.
Still it seems a bit weird for a PM to go around doing this type of thing regularly.
 
Great leader, a brilliant visionary and a proper statesman. India just has been so lucky that this man is leading the nation which transformed the fortunes of the country for greater good. His legacy will remain forever and will be talked about in India for centuries from now.
 
Great leader, a brilliant visionary and a proper statesman. India just has been so lucky that this man is leading the nation which transformed the fortunes of the country for greater good. His legacy will remain forever and will be talked about in India for centuries from now.
A leader for Hindus only, not for India.
 
In response to the question of the OP of course it is the right step. UAE has a massive Hindu community and they should be able to worship freely.

What I don't understand is Modi inaugrating it lol. He seems to be turning into a religious leader and chanting at mandirs/temples regularly. Is that in his job description?

It is due to Modi's diplomacy and establishing good relation with Gulf countries that UAE is opening a temple for hindus in their land. Mind you UAE is no democracy and they are under no obligation to open religious places for other faiths. India has many PMs in the past and middle east never gave any religious rights to hindu minorities. It is only Modi who formed this great relationship and pushed for this mandir to be built. He spoke from Dubai Stadium firtst time in 2015 addressing Indian communities about his discussion with his highness regarding opening hindu temple in Dubai. This temple is only and only due to the effort of Modi and so it is only appropriate that he inaugurates it.
 
A leader for Hindus only, not for India.

Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikaas and Sabka Vishwaas...that is the only ideology with which Modi works and hence he is the greatest statesman.

The hundreds of govt schemes, free gas and ration for poor, bank accounts, toiltes, electrification projects etc are being benefited from by everyone irrespective of their religious faith or gender.

Additionally he is also course correcting the historical wrongs happened with hindu's under the garb of secularism and that is totally fair IMO.
 
Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikaas and Sabka Vishwaas...that is the only ideology with which Modi works and hence he is the greatest statesman.

The hundreds of govt schemes, free gas and ration for poor, bank accounts, toiltes, electrification projects etc are being benefited from by everyone irrespective of their religious faith or gender.

Additionally he is also course correcting the historical wrongs happened with hindu's under the garb of secularism and that is totally fair IMO.
These are some slogans that all politicians use, but practically, it never works. 😀
 
I must admit, India's relations with the influential Arab nations have been the strongest under PM Modi.

Well done...
 
In response to the question of the OP of course it is the right step. UAE has a massive Hindu community and they should be able to worship freely.

What I don't understand is Modi inaugrating it lol. He seems to be turning into a religious leader and chanting at mandirs/temples regularly. Is that in his job description?

He probably personally doesn't care about temples more than the next person, but he keeps the facade up for PR reasons - and his bhakts, including the ones in this thread are slurping it up. So why not?
 
He probably personally doesn't care about temples more than the next person, but he keeps the facade up for PR reasons - and his bhakts, including the ones in this thread are slurping it up. So why not?
This I agree with...

IMO PM Modi shouldve gone to Thailand instead, like our Puppu from time to time, so the seculars could be happy..
 
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He probably personally doesn't care about temples more than the next person, but he keeps the facade up for PR reasons - and his bhakts, including the ones in this thread are slurping it up. So why not?
Ur opinion matches with INDIA alliance opinion…. They r saying 24x7, but no effect… INDIA alliance in pieces before WAR commence… so their Bhakts
 
This I agree with...

IMO PM Modi shouldve gone to Thailand instead, like our Puppu from time to time, so the seculars could be happy..

He and his ilk have no experience with women, leave alone the particular variety Thailand has to offer. Thailand would deport him when he lands.
 
It is due to Modi's diplomacy and establishing good relation with Gulf countries that UAE is opening a temple for hindus in their land.

There have been Hindu temples in the UAE for many decades. Dubai has had more than one, all of which were built during the Congress days
Many churches are also there and also a synagogue since last few years
Hindu temples in UAE have nothing to do with Modi
 
It is due to Modi's diplomacy and establishing good relation with Gulf countries that UAE is opening a temple for hindus in their land. Mind you UAE is no democracy and they are under no obligation to open religious places for other faiths. India has many PMs in the past and middle east never gave any religious rights to hindu minorities. It is only Modi who formed this great relationship and pushed for this mandir to be built. He spoke from Dubai Stadium firtst time in 2015 addressing Indian communities about his discussion with his highness regarding opening hindu temple in Dubai. This temple is only and only due to the effort of Modi and so it is only appropriate that he inaugurates it.

A temple has been there since 1950s.
 
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Perhaps one day, the irony won't be lost on these Arab leaders that whilst Muslims welcome the building of other faiths religious structures on their lands, modi and his cronies are hell bent on bulldozing mosques in their country.
 
Perhaps one day, the irony won't be lost on these Arab leaders that whilst Muslims welcome the building of other faiths religious structures on their lands, modi and his cronies are hell bent on bulldozing mosques in their country.

The Arabs are just continuing their previous policies to be fair, they are ideology isn't going to change on account of what is happening in India.
 
The Arabs are just continuing their previous policies to be fair, they are ideology isn't going to change on account of what is happening in India.
No they aren't cos $$ talks and India is a source of plentiful and cheap labour but they could at least acknowledge it.
 
Perhaps one day, the irony won't be lost on these Arab leaders that whilst Muslims welcome the building of other faiths religious structures on their lands, modi and his cronies are hell bent on bulldozing mosques in their country.
They don't care. Right now EU and China's crude imports are stagnating, and the US produces plenty of crude themselves. The Gulf nations need the Indian oil market which is the fastest growing consumer of crude right now. Plus they have massive refining capacity, they suck in all the discounted crude into their massive refineries and export refined products to western countries. UK alone imports £15 billion of refined oil from India last year. So it's imperative to get them to refine Gulf crude.

Being in Modis good books is important. The day their economy crumbles and demand falls, the gulf nations will wash their hands and move onto the next customer. Economy comes 1st and foremost for every country.... emotions, religion etc come a distant 10th place.
 
They don't care. Right now EU and China's crude imports are stagnating, and the US produces plenty of crude themselves. The Gulf nations need the Indian oil market which is the fastest growing consumer of crude right now. Plus they have massive refining capacity, they suck in all the discounted crude into their massive refineries and export refined products to western countries. UK alone imports £15 billion of refined oil from India last year. So it's imperative to get them to refine Gulf crude.

Being in Modis good books is important. The day their economy crumbles and demand falls, the gulf nations will wash their hands and move onto the next customer. Economy comes 1st and foremost for every country.... emotions, religion etc come a distant 10th place.

Agree with most of what you said there apart from the bolded. They could care less about Modi's good books, he could be Sonia Gandhi as far as they are concerned. India is an important market, they have a large hindu workforce. Building a temple makes sense regardless of who is PM of Bharat.
 
Perhaps one day, the irony won't be lost on these Arab leaders that whilst Muslims welcome the building of other faiths religious structures on their lands, modi and his cronies are hell bent on bulldozing mosques in their country.
The greater irony is Pakistanis, and people of Pakistan origin, criticizing India for its treatment of minorities.

India was, is and always will be heaven compared to Pakistan when it comes to treatment of minorities.
 
Agree with most of what you said there apart from the bolded. They could care less about Modi's good books, he could be Sonia Gandhi as far as they are concerned. India is an important market, they have a large hindu workforce. Building a temple makes sense regardless of who is PM of Bharat.
They care a lot and it's because it's either his cronies or the government that controls the refineries and where they buy oil from. Both China and India can refine absolutely any type and any grade of crude, and therefore their imports are spread, buying from dozens of countries all across the globe. Which means when they book a futures contract on a certain grade, there's a rise in the reserves of other grades, consequently meaning the see price slide or have to offer discounts.

For eg. India imports the same amount of oil from both the US and UAE. Why does a refinery have to import sweet crude from the US when UAE is right next door and costs a fraction in shipping costs, it makes zero business sense? The arab sheikhs must be throwing up inside having to pander to Modis whims and fancies, but they have a country to run. The indians, their diplomacy game is on point and would leverage absolutely anything to buy influence.
 
They care a lot and it's because it's either his cronies or the government that controls the refineries and where they buy oil from. Both China and India can refine absolutely any type and any grade of crude, and therefore their imports are spread, buying from dozens of countries all across the globe. Which means when they book a futures contract on a certain grade, there's a rise in the reserves of other grades, consequently meaning the see price slide or have to offer discounts.

For eg. India imports the same amount of oil from both the US and UAE. Why does a refinery have to import sweet crude from the US when UAE is right next door and costs a fraction in shipping costs, it makes zero business sense? The arab sheikhs must be throwing up inside having to pander to Modis whims and fancies, but they have a country to run. The indians, their diplomacy game is on point and would leverage absolutely anything to buy influence.

Again, that would be the case regardless of who was PM of India. If they are indeed throwing up inside having to deal with Modi, that just means they will be storing that grievance for down the line. My own view is they don't really care that much, UAE is a strange collection of states to start with, more or less anything goes in it's own bubble, I don't see this temple construction as any different.
 
There have been Hindu temples in the UAE for many decades. Dubai has had more than one, all of which were built during the Congress days
Many churches are also there and also a synagogue since last few years
Hindu temples in UAE have nothing to do with Modi
Yes there r Hindu temples in UAE but non of them were announced during any congress PM’s visit… these temples built by local Indians …. Congress is biggest hater of Hindu religion, they and Somme portion always portrayed/shown wrong image of Hinduism which is corrected by PM Narendra Modi
 
He and his ilk have no experience with women, leave alone the particular variety Thailand has to offer. Thailand would deport him when he lands.
Agreed. Pm Modi needs to up the anti as far experience with women goes like our Puppu to govern India better.
 
The greater irony is Pakistanis, and people of Pakistan origin, criticizing India for its treatment of minorities.

India was, is and always will be heaven compared to Pakistan when it comes to treatment of minorities.
Pakistan and its people is a tolerant paradise compared to barbaric, hateful, anti-Islamic and extremist India. You should be proud of yourself. :salute
 
India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday inaugurated Abu Dhabi’s first Hindu temple, the largest in the United Arab Emirates, boosting his credentials as a global statesman months before he heads to the polls in a nationwide election where he is seeking a rare third term in power.

The BAPS Hindu Mandir, built on a sprawling 27-acre site in the Abu Dhabi desert, is the city’s first traditional Hindu stone mandir, its pink sandstone columns topped by seven spires representing the number of Sheikhs that rule each of the Emirates.

Modi was greeted with a hug by the country’s President, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and presented with the Guard of Honor, showing how close the two nations have come in their strategic and economic relations.


CNN
 
India is synonymous with Hinduism and 99% of the world's Hindus live here. Meanwhile there are 60 other Christian majority countries with Americans or Russians barely making up a small part of the pool.


Terrible comparison!!
Modi is not just the PM of hindus, is he?
 
Modi is not just the PM of hindus, is he?

I don't know what you want here. He is going to the UAE because he was invited by the premiers of that country.

Do you seriously expect him to be invited to inaugurate a mosque in Morocco or Iran?
 
I don't know what you want here. He is going to the UAE because he was invited by the premiers of that country.

Do you seriously expect him to be invited to inaugurate a mosque in Morocco or Iran?
And why would he refuse the invitation, only to insult them and sour relations?
 
And why would he refuse the invitation, only to insult them and sour relations?

Exactly lol.

For those saying "Is he the PM of Hindus only"...he wouldn't decline even if he was invited for a mosque inaugration especially from countries with which we have fruitful relationship with. It's basic geopolitics.
 
After inauguration of Hindu temple in UAE I watched some Pakistan ppls reaction on YouTube, one of pk guy appealed UAE Pakistanis to hold demonstrations against UAE rulers. UAE Pakistanis, u ppls r well settled in UAE, if u held any demonstration as per the wish of ur countryman, then you may be get deported from UAE… Remember they r strict rulers .. no Pakistani government or indian congress government ruling there
 
After inauguration of Hindu temple in UAE I watched some Pakistan ppls reaction on YouTube, one of pk guy appealed UAE Pakistanis to hold demonstrations against UAE rulers. UAE Pakistanis, u ppls r well settled in UAE, if u held any demonstration as per the wish of ur countryman, then you may be get deported from UAE… Remember they r strict rulers .. no Pakistani government or indian congress government ruling there
Thank you.

The UAE Pakistanis were about to act on the statements of the random youtuber but have decided not to after youe timely intervention.
 
After inauguration of Hindu temple in UAE I watched some Pakistan ppls reaction on YouTube, one of pk guy appealed UAE Pakistanis to hold demonstrations against UAE rulers. UAE Pakistanis, u ppls r well settled in UAE, if u held any demonstration as per the wish of ur countryman, then you may be get deported from UAE… Remember they r strict rulers .. no Pakistani government or indian congress government ruling there

That’s funny, no Pakistani going to protest against the current rulers while living in Middle East.

If it was a western nation they might have protested but in Middle East? Fat chance
 
That’s funny, no Pakistani going to protest against the current rulers while living in Middle East.

If it was a western nation they might have protested but in Middle East? Fat chance

This is the classic ad hominem method of discrediting a community. First present an imaginary scenario which doesn't exist, then use that to launch an attack on said community to fuel your own jingo bingo propaganda.
 
That’s funny, no Pakistani going to protest against the current rulers while living in Middle East.

If it was a western nation they might have protested but in Middle East? Fat chance
I have no problem with it, inauguration of grand Hindu temple in UAE. Its a good thing as people have the right to practice and attend their places of worship. Shame modi can't extend this basic principle to his fellow citizens in India.
 
Shame modi can't extend this basic principle to his fellow citizens in India.


India has more mosques than every Islamic country in the world barring Indonesia despite being 85% non-Muslim. Sit down..
 
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