Abu Dhabi: Construction of the first traditional Hindu temple in the UAE is underway and is likely to be completed in 2023, according to reports.
Foundation works will be completed by the end of this month, the Khaleej Times said in a report.
The temple is being built at a cost of 45 crore dirhams (approximately Rs. 888 crore) in Abu Dhabi on behalf of Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS), a resident of Bochasan. The temple has an area of 27 acres in Abu Muraikhah of Abu Dhabi.
Abu Dhabi Baps Hindu Mandir project engineer Ashok Kondetti said the base was in the final stages of construction. The foundation is built at a height of 4.5 m from the ground. The construction of two underground chambers is also underway. The temple will have seven huge towers representing the seven emirates of the United Arab Emirates. The construction reflects the heritage of India and the Arab world.
“I am monitoring the quality and progress of this project. I feel very blessed to be a part of this project. This is a unique opportunity, ”Ashok said.
“In this foundation, we have two tunnels. For those tunnels, stones have been received from India and the laying will begin next week. The total foundation work will be complete by the end of April, so we can begin the actual masonry in May, ”he added.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the United Arab Emirates, had given 20,000 square meters of land to build a temple.
It was announced by the UAE government in 2015 when Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid a two-day visit. The foundation stone for the temple was laid by Prime Minister Modi during his 2018 Dubai tour via video conference from the opera.
The temple will have seven towers and five domes. The complex will have a meeting centre, prayer room, library, classroom, community centre, hallways, amphitheatre, playground, gardens, book and gift shops, food court, and other facilities.