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BAPS Hindu Mandir

A Cultural Marvel in Abu Dhabi’s Landscape

In the wake of the consecration in Ayodhya, anticipation is building for the inauguration of the BAPS Hindu Mandir
in Abu Dhabi’s Abu Mureikha area. Set to be the first Hindu temple in the UAE, it promises to be a monumental structure, reflecting not only architectural grandeur but also a symbol of unity for people of diverse faiths across the globe.
- - Kannan Ravi
NRI Dubai

During his historic visit to the UAE in 2015, Prime Minister Narendra Modi secured land in Abu Dhabi for this groundbreaking temple, solidifying diplomatic ties. The temple project, inaugurated in February 2018, began construction in December 2019.
Nestled in Abu Dhabi’s Abu Mureikha area, the BAPS Hindu Mandir sprawls over 5.4 hectares, embodying a construction cost of Rs 700 crore. The architectural magnificence is evident in its pink sandstone and marble façade, adorned with seven spires representing the Emirates of the UAE. With 40,000 cubic meters of marble, 1,80,000 cubic meters of sandstone, and over 1.8 million bricks, the temple complex extends beyond its religious function.
It features a large amphitheatre, a gallery, a library, a food court, a majlis, two community halls accommodating 5,000 people, gardens, and children’s play areas. Inspired by Vedic architecture and sculptures, the BAPS Hindu Mandir’s design carries the essence of India’s cultural heritage. Skilled artisans crafted numerous statues and carvings, meticulously transported from India to Abu Dhabi, adding an authentic touch.
As the inauguration approaches, Abu Dhabi positions itself as a cultural hub, promoting diversity and understanding. These temples, with their historical significance, architectural grandeur, and community engagement initiatives, serve as symbols of unity in a world grappling with religious differences. Abu Dhabi’s commitment to cultural pride and religious tolerance remains steadfast, inviting people from diverse backgrounds to witness the beauty of unity in diversity.

About Rama

Rama is considered as Vishnu’s perfect incarnation. He is considered purushottama, meaning the “ideal and supreme personality.” Sage Vasistha named Kausalya’s son Sri Rama, since He had the power of attraction in Him. Ramayathi Ithi Ramah (that which attracts is the principle of Rama). The name “Rama” was given to Him according to His birth star. His form was highly brilliant and resplendent. As per the tradition, Vasishtha wrote the name Rama on rice.
Born as the eldest son to king Dasaratha, Rama was considered a superior soul as he was said to possess exceptional qualities. He had three brothers: Bharata, Laksmana and Shatrughna. He married Sita, the daughter of King Janaka. Sita was the avatar of Goddess Lakshmi, the wife of Lord Vishnu. Rama went into exile along with his wife to keep up his father’s promise to Kaikeyi, one of the queens of King Dasaratha. He assumed the throne on his return from exile. Rama is believed to belong to the treta yuga, which is the second out of the four ages of mankind.
Metaphysically, Rama symbolises the cosmic and universal spirit.

Verses from Ramayana:
Messages of Universal Brotherhood

Drawing inspiration from the revered Hindu epic, the Ramayana, the BAPS Hindu Mandir embodies values of righteousness, duty, and compassion. Verses from the Ramayana echo through the temple’s walls, promoting shared values that unite humanity. Lord Rama’s teachings emphasize compassion, understanding, and respect for all living beings, fostering a sense of global community.

The initiative to construct the BAPS Hindu Mandir has captivated the ruling kings of the UAE, garnering their admiration for initiatives promoting cultural understanding and religious diversity within the country. The construction of the temple serves as a testament to the flourishing India-UAE relations, enhancing collaboration in various sectors and fortifying the bond between the two nations.
The rulers of the uae view the BapS Hindu mandir as more than a religious monument; they see it as a symbol of the enduring friendship between india and the uae. This shared sentiment is expected to pave the way for increased cooperation, trade, and cultural exchanges, contributing to the prosperity of both nations.

Conclusion: A Tapestry of Faith, Unity, and Diplomacy

In the vibrant tapestry of Abu Dhabi’s cultural landscape, the Ramar Temple and the upcoming BAPS Hindu Mandir stand as a testament to the city’s dedication to diversity and unity. These temples function not merely as places of worship but as bridges connecting different faiths and cultures.

The anticipation surrounding the BAPS Hindu Mandir adds another layer to Abu Dhabi’s cultural richness.

Its grandeur and meticulous design symbolize not only a significant milestone for the Hindu community but also a contribution to the city’s identity as a manifestation of Lord Rama’s, Sita Mata’s, and Lord Hanuman’s blessings for the entire globe.

as india and the uae strengthen their diplomatic ties through initiatives like the BapS Hindu mandir, it marks a harmonious tapestry of faith, unity, and diplomacy. abu Dhabi, with its cultural pride and religious tolerance, is poised to become a global symbol of harmony, where diverse communities come together in celebration of their shared humanity.