Dubai: Thousands of UAE residents rush to see Dubai’s new Hindu temple after it opened earlier this month.
The temple, which will be officially open to the public from October 5, the day of the Dussehra festival, welcomes people of all faiths and allows worshipers and other visitors to enter to view the 16 deities and other internal works, Gulf News reported. on Sunday.
The soft opening of the temple took place on September 1, when the temple authorities activated the QR code-based appointment booking system through their website.
From the first day, the temple receives a large number of visitors, especially on weekends. The report says restricted entry is being regulated with QR codes to manage crowds and enforce social distancing.
The temple is open from 6:30 AM to 8:00 PM. Appointments for most weekends through the end of October are already booked. The booking system will be in place until the end of October, after which members of the public will be able to visit the temple at any time during opening hours.
The only thing that is being done now is the chanting of Vedic slokas by a group of 14 pandits. This happens every day from 7.30 am to 11 am and again from 3.30 pm till 8.30 pm. Visitors can take part in chants.
Most of the deities are installed in the main prayer hall, in the central dome of which a large pink lotus printed on a 3D printer blooms.
Located in the so-called “worship village” in Jebel Ali, which is home to several churches and the Gurudwara Guru Nanak Darbar, the temple also installed the Guru Granth Sahib, the Holy Book of the Sikhs, in August.