Akshay Kumar attends inauguration of first Hindu temple in Abu Dhabi


In a significant development bridging ancient spirituality and modern technology, Bollywood superstar Akshay Kumar arrived in Abu Dhabi on the eve of the inauguration ceremony of the first Hindu stone temple in the capital city of the United Arab Emirates. The much-anticipated BAPS Hindu Mandir, which is set to be opened by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, stands as a marvel of ancient architectural methods synergized with state-of-the-art scientific techniques.

Akshay Kumar, known for his reverence for cultural traditions and his connection to Indian spirituality, graced the occasion in an elegantly simple white and golden kurta, accompanied by his security detail. The actor’s presence at the inauguration underscores the cultural significance of the temple for the Indian community in the UAE and worldwide.

The temple, which has been a long-awaited symbol of peace and tolerance in the region, showcases a groundbreaking no-metal construction approach. Over 300 high-tech sensors have been embedded within the structure to monitor the temple’s temperature and seismic activity, ensuring its resilience and longevity. Additionally, in a nod to sustainable building practices, fly ash has been used to reinforce the foundation, exemplifying a blend of environmental consciousness with architectural innovation.

Constructed by the BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha, a globally recognized spiritual organization, the grand temple spans a 27-acre expanse in Abu Mreikhah, near Al Rahba, just off the major Dubai-Abu Dhabi Sheikh Zayed Highway. With a staggering investment of approximately 700 crore rupees, the temple serves as a testament to the global Hindu diaspora’s commitment to preserving and spreading their cultural heritage.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s agenda in the Gulf region has been robust and eventful. Following the signing of multiple bilateral agreements with the UAE, and a rousing reception at the ‘Ahlan Modi’ event which witnessed enthusiastic attendance from the Indian diaspora, the prime minister is set to inaugurate the largest Hindu stone temple in Abu Dhabi. The ceremony is poised to be an evening steeped in cultural festivities and diplomatic camaraderie.

After the inauguration, the prime minister’s visit will continue as he heads to Doha to engage with the leadership of Qatar, marking the closing engagements of his two-day tour in the Gulf region. The visits serve to strengthen India’s relationships within the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries and underline the importance of the Indian community overseas.

The BAPS Hindu Mandir in Abu Dhabi emerges not only as a place of worship but also as a center for cultural and spiritual learning, an embodiment of the time-honored tradition of ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ – the world is one family. It demonstrates how technological advancements can complement ancient wisdom in creating edifices that are both meaningful to the spirit and sustainable for the planet.

This prestigious event, and the temple it honors, signify the ever-growing friendship and collaboration between the UAE and India, and the mutual respect for cultural diversity and religious tolerance. The BAPS Hindu Mandir is a beacon of harmony and a proud addition to the rich tapestry of cultural landmarks in Abu Dhabi.

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