Monday, April 19, 2021
Home News Reports No iron, steel to be used in construction of first Hindu temple in UAE,...

No iron, steel to be used in construction of first Hindu temple in UAE, to be built adopting traditional temple architecture

Describing the ceremony, Ashok Kotecha, spokesperson of the temple committee informed that usually building foundations have a mix of concrete and steel. However, as per traditional temple architecture in India, no steel or iron reinforcements will be used.

The first Hindu temple in Abu Dhabi, UAE will be built without using any steel or ferrous materials. The temple will be built adopting the traditional temple architecture in India, temple committee officials have said, reports PTI.

Two years after the groundbreaking ceremony, fly ash concrete pouring for the raft foundation of the Swaminarayan temple of the Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS) took place on Thursday.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had laid the foundation stone for BAPS temple in the capital of the UAE, home to over three million people of Indian origin, in 2018 via video conferencing from the Dubai Opera House.

A large number of expatriates from the Indian diaspora gathered at the site of the temple to witness the major construction milestone.

Read: PM Modi to inaugurate Abu Dhabi’s first Hindu temple during his UAE visit in February

Describing the ceremony, Ashok Kotecha, spokesperson of the temple committee informed that usually building foundations have a mix of concrete and steel. However, as per traditional temple architecture in India, no steel or iron reinforcements will be used.

“Fly ash will be used to reinforce the concrete in the foundation. Throughout the whole structure of the temple, the architecture is like several pieces of jigsaw put together without any steel or ferrous materials,” he added.

Reportedly, more than 3,000 craftsmen have involved back at home in India, carving icons and statues with 5000 tons of Italian Carrara Marble. The exteriors will be made of 12,250 tons of pink sandstone.

India’s ambassador to UAE Pavan Kapoor and Indian Consul General in Dubai Vipul were also present at the site along with several prominent members of the Indian business community and members of the Community Development Authority (CDA), Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

Read: PM Modi conferred with Order of Zayed, UAE’s highest civilian award in Abu Dhabi

Addressing the audience, Kapoor thanked the UAE government, said, it was a great privilege and honour to visit the temple site for the first time.

The ceremony was conducted by Brahmavihari Das, the senior-most saint of the BAPS Swaminarayan Temple group. Addressing the gathering, the priest said, “This temple transcends the borders that divide us. It’s destined to be a place beyond the limits that split us. (It’s) something we have experienced within the depth of our souls in the UAE.”

The inauguration of the first Hindu Temple is a widely anticipated event for the Indians living in UAE. There are as many as 2.6 million Indians living in the UAE. Indians make up 30% of the total population of the UAE. Majority of the Indian diaspora is Hindu.

The current temple which is being built by Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha spreads across 20,000 square metres and is located in Al Wathba, in Abu Dhabi.

In 2015, PM Modi became the first Indian PM to visit UAE in 34 years. It was during his visit that the UAE Government had announced land allocation for the Hindu Temple in its capital city. The Gulf nation previously had only one Hindu temple, located in Dubai.

  Support Us  

Whether NDTV or 'The Wire', they never have to worry about funds. In name of saving democracy, they get money from various sources. We need your support to fight them. Please contribute whatever you can afford

OpIndia Staff
Staff reporter at OpIndia

Related Articles

Trending now

Delhi and Maharashtra governments leave migrant workers in the lurch as they return to their native places in the wake of second wave of...

Migrant labourers in Delhi are leaving the city for their native places as Arvind Kejriwal announced a strict 6-day curfew to control the spread of the coronavirus

Pro-AAP vlogger Dhruv Rathee spreads fake news about only BJP campaigning for Bengal elections, gives clean chit to TMC, Left, and Congress

While TMC, Congress and the Left are all continuing with rallies and crowded election campaigns, Dhruv Rathee made a ranting Facebook post blaming only the BJP. He did not share it on Twitter.

Understanding the hate factory: How Rohan Joshi and his hateful post against Hindus gives us an insight into the ‘liberal’ mind

Comedian Rohan Joshi tells Bhakts, "I have nothing but contempt for them and nit a shred of empathy" as he mocks Coronavirus deaths

Maharashtra Remdesivir ruckus: Saket Gokhale brazens his lies by filing complaint against Fadnavis, BJP returns favour. Details

A complaint has been filed against Saket Gokhale by a BJP member in which the complainant has accused the Congress supporter of lying and waging a war against the state in the midst of a pandemic

‘Why are you trying to please Kaafirs?’: Viral videos show revolt within Pakistan Army, personnel attack Imran Khan for letting TLP rioters die

Pakistani army personnel were earlier seen raising Islamist slogans along with the members of the Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP).

Congress leaders, others share old picture of Yogi and Amit Shah in Kumbh, accuse them of spreading Coronavirus

Alka Lamba shares old picture of Kumbh to malign Yogi Adityanath and BJP, Netizens follow suit

Recently Popular

Filmmaker Hansal Mehta challenges for free flight tickets to Pakistan but goes into hiding after Twitter user provides it. Read what happened

Hansal Mehta's flight to Pakistan via Dubai is scheduled for 20th April, 2021. We shall keep you posted if Mehta goes to Pakistan or will he register his name in long list of paper tigers.

Video claiming a dargah was recently constructed on footpath along Sabarmati riverfront road in Ahmedabad goes viral: Details

Netizens have shared a video claiming that a dargah had mysteriously sprung up along the Sabarmati riverfront in Ahmedabad

World Hindu Foundation asks Justice Rohinton Nariman to take back his ‘mischievous’ comments on Vedas

The World Hindu Foundation has expressed outrage at recent comments on Hinduism made by Justice Rohinton Nariman.

Karan Johar’s Dharma Production fires Kartik Aryan, not to work with him again: Here is what happened

Dharma Productions said it was pushed to the wall by “unprofessional behaviour” of Kartik Aryan during shooting of Dostana 2

250 ventilators sent by central govt lied unutilized in the state of Punjab amid the second wave of coronavirus

250 ventilators sent by the central government to Punjab for use in government hospitals were lying unused till late March.

When ‘comedians’ double up as doctors and believe ‘Bhakts’ deserve the misery as Chinese coronavirus rages

You will never see them questioning how many mosques have opened up their gates as medical facilities. Because, everyone likes to keep their heads.
- Advertisement -


Connect with us