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Modi to witness foundation stone ceremony for first Hindu

Press Trust of India  |  Abu Dhabi 

will witness the foundation stone-laying ceremony for the first in the capital of the UAE, home to over three million people of Indian origin. Modi, who will arrive here tonight, will be visiting the for the second time after his 2015 trip to the country. "The first in will come up on 55,000 square metres of land and the groundbreaking ceremony on Sunday will be a historic event," said Indian to the UAE Navdeep Singh Suri. The Indian will flag off laying of the temple's foundation stone during the community event. "On Sunday, you will see a groundbreaking ceremony, which is going to be live-streamed into Opera House.

It's going to be tradition meeting technology," Suri said. will hold a meeting with the Indian community at Opera House, he said, adding that representatives of all major organisations and a number of Indian professionals have been invited. "The occasion is going to be historic for a different reason because it will also see the commencement of the first in We are very pleased that we have received 55,000 square metres of land near off the Dubai-Sheikh Zayed Highway," Suri said. The temple 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 BAPS. Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS), is 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 New Jersey, a trust member told The investment from the UAE to exceeds USD 11 billion.

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First Published: Sat, February 10 2018. 20:20 IST
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