The temple, complex to have idols of Lord Krishna, Lord Ayyappa will be first to be built in Abu Dhabi, the capital of UAE which is home to a huge Indian diaspora. PM Narendra Modi will on Sunday lay the foundation stone for a new temple for the Hindu community living in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
This is Modi’s second visit to the UAE after August 2015. He will be laying the foundation stone for the temple from the Dubai Opera House via video conferencing. The UAE has two Hindu temples which are located in Dubai. Devotees from Abu Dhabi and other emirates have to drive to Dubai for prayers and offerings.
During the PM’s previous trip in 2015, the UAE government had announced the allocation of land in Abu Dhabi to build a temple.
Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS) will manage the temple. The Trust had on Friday expressing gratitude to the rulers of the UAE for gifting a piece of land to build the Hindu temple in Abu Dhabi.
The temple, which will be built at Abu Mureikhah, off the Dubai-Abu Dhabi Highway may get completed by 2020 and will incorporate all aspects and features of a traditional Hindu temple. The stones would be carved by artists in India and assembled in the UAE.