PM Modi Calls BAPS Mandir ‘A Symbol of Global Unity & Communal Harmony’ | Top Quotes

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Last Updated: February 14, 2024, 21:23 IST

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with spiritual guru of BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha Mahant Swami Maharaj during the inauguration of the BAPS Hindu Mandir, in Abu Dhabi.
(PTI Photo)

In February 2018, the PM inaugurated the project for the temple and the construction began in December 2019

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS) Mandir, in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday in the presence of spiritual leaders of the Swaminarayan sect.

The prime minister was dressed in a light pink silk dhoti and kurta paired with a sleeveless jacket and stole, while he participated in rituals of a ceremony to dedicate the temple to the people.

A Global Aarti was also performed simultaneously at over 1,200 temples of the Swaminarayan sect worldwide built by the Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS) and PM Modi participated in the ‘aarti’. Earlier, he also met people from different faiths who contributed to the construction of the Hindu stone temple.

Top Quotes From PM Modi’s Speech

PM Modi also addressed a gathering after the inauguration of the BAPS Hindu temple in Abu Dhabi.

  • The PM said the BAPS temple will add another chapter to the identity of the UAE, which till now was known for Burj Khalifa, Future Museum, Sheikh Zayed Mosque and other hi-tech buildings.
  • PM Modi expressed his heartfelt gratitude to President Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and the UAE Government for granting land for the temple.
  • PM Modi said a large number of devotees will come and visit the temple in the coming times. This will also increase the number of people coming to the UAE and people-to-people connections will also increase, he said.
  • PM Modi said this temple will be a symbol of unity and harmony. The role of the UAE government in the construction of the temple is commendable, he added.
  • The PM said UAE has written a golden chapter. “The inauguration of the temple has years of hard work and dreams of many are connected with the temple. Swaminarayan’s blessings are also connected…,” he said.

About the BAPS Mandir

The prime minister also offered water in the virtual Ganga and Yamuna rivers at the temple before proceeding to inaugurate the temple built on a 27-acre site in Abu Mreikhah, near Al Rahba off the Dubai-Abu Dhabi Sheikh Zayed Highway, at a cost of around Rs 700 crore. According to the temple authorities, the grand temple has been built as per an ancient style of construction and creation mentioned in the Shilpa and Sthapathya Shastras, Hindu scriptures which describe the art for mandir design and construction.

“The architectural methods have been clubbed with scientific techniques here. Over 300 high-tech sensors have been installed at every level of the temple to measure temperature, pressure and movement (seismic activity). The sensors will provide live data for research. If there is any earthquake in the region, the temple will detect it, and we will be able to study,” Swami Brahmaviharidas, head of international relations for BAPS, told PTI. No metal has been used in the construction of the temple and fly ash has been used to fill up the foundation, replacing 55 per cent of cement in the concrete mix, reducing the carbon footprint of the temple.

In February 2018, the PM inaugurated the project for the temple and the construction began in December 2019. The temple is being constructed on over 5.4 hectares of land and constructed at a cost of Rs 700 crore.

What is BAPS Organisation?

BAPS stands for the Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS). The organisation is named after Bhagwan Swaminarayan, a religious leader who lived in the late 1700s.

It is a socio-spiritual Hindu faith with its roots in the vedas and was pioneered by Bhagwan Swaminarayan (1781-1830) in the late 18th century and established in 1907 by Shastriji Maharaj (1865-1951), according to the BAPS website.

The BAPS claims to run over 3,850 centres across the world and 1,100 temples. The organisation was also behind the Akshardham in Robbinsville, New Jersey, which is also the world’s largest Hindu temple outside of India.

(with agency inputs)

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