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Modi launches project for first Hindu temple in Abu Dhabi

Press Trust of India  |  Dubai 

Modi today officially launched a project for the construction of the first in Abu Dhabi, describing the holy place as a "catalytic agent" of humanity and harmony that will become a medium of India's identity.

Modi laid the foundation stone for the BAPS Swaminarayan temple via from the Opera House, where he addressed the members of the Indian community.

"I would like to request all those associated with the construction of the temple that the rulers here have shown so much respect for They have been proud of India's cultural history. Now it's our responsibility that there is no mistake on our part," he told the gathering, amid applause.

Modi asked people associated with the construction of the temple and also the worshippers not to cause any harm to others. "This is my expectations from you," he added.

He thanked of Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan on behalf of 125 crore Indians for the construction of the grand temple in the Gulf emirate.

"People were surprised when Abu Dhabi's took forward the talks of building a temple in I whole heartedly thank his highness on behalf of all 1.25 crore Indians," Modi said, amid applause.

Modi said this temple will also become a "medium of India's identity".

"We have grown in a culture where temples are a medium of humanity...Holy place is a catalytic agent of humanity and harmony," he told the gathering.

"I believe this temple will not be only unique in terms of architecture and splendour, but will also give a message of 'Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam' to people across the world," he said.

members had presented the temple literature to Modi and last evening in

"PM @narendramodi witnessed laying of foundation stone for the on - highway! The first in being built on a generous gift of land by the of reflects UAE's commitment to tolerance and harmony," Ministry of External Affairs tweeted.

Modi is visiting the for the second time after his 2015 trip to the Gulf country.

The temple will come up on 55,000 square metres of land. The structure will be hand-carved by Indian temple artisans and assembled in the UAE. It will be completed by 2020, and open to people of all religious backgrounds.

It will be the first traditional Hindu stone temple in the Middle East, said a from the Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS), a socio- spiritual Hindu organisation set up in 1907 that runs more than 1,100 temples and cultural compounds around the world.

The temple will incorporate all aspects and features of a traditional as part of a fully functional, social, cultural and spiritual complex.

It will replicate the in and the one under construction in

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First Published: Sun, February 11 2018. 13:35 IST
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