abu dhabi temple
Temple in Abu Dhabi temple.BJP official website

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is currently in the United Arab Emirates as a part of his three-nation tour to the Gulf and West Asia, witnessed the foundation stone-laying ceremony of the first Hindu temple in capital Abu Dhabi.

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Abu Dhabi is a home to over three million people of Indian origin

Here's all you need to know about the upcoming temple:

  • Modi witnessed the event through a video conference. It was live-streamed to the Dubai Opera House.
  • The temple, which will be built in stone, will come up off the Dubai-Abu Dhabi highway over 55,000 square meters of land.
  • Temple artisans from India will be hand-carving the stones and assembling them in the UAE. The structure will incorporate all aspects and features of a traditional Hindu temple, reported NDTV.
  • The temple will be completed by 2020. Interestingly, the temple will be open to people of all religious backgrounds and beliefs.
  • The religious structure will be a replica of the Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS) temple in New Delhi and the one under construction in New Jersey. The BAPS is worldwide religious and civic organization that manages more than 1,100 temple compounds around the world.
  • Reports claim that the temple will have idols of Lord Krishna, Lord Maheshwara, Lord Ayyappa and a few other Hindu Gods.
  • The complex of the temple will have a visitors' center, prayer halls, an exhibition center, learning areas, thematic gardens and water features. It will also have a sports area for children and youths. The temple compound will also have a food court.
Modi Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
Modi with Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.Narendra modi Twitter handle

Modi thanked the crown prince of Abu Dhabi for allotting the land for the temple and said that the temple would send the message of unity to all.

While a few poeple on social media has commeded Modi for laying the foundation stone of the temple, he has also learned some criticism for it.

Here are a few netizens who criticised him: