A Historic Milestone: Abu Dhabi Welcomes BAPS Hindu Mandir for Global Harmony
In a groundbreaking development, Prime Minister Narendra Modi graciously accepted an invitation extended by Swami Ishwarcharandas and Swami Brahmaviharidas, along with the board of directors, for the inauguration of the BAPS Hindu Mandir in Abu Dhabi on February 14, marking a momentous occasion for global harmony and acceptance.The Prime Minister’s remarkable efforts in renovating and developing pilgrimage sites across the nation were particularly commended, reflecting a feat unparalleled in recent centuries.
The discussions centered around the global significance of the Abu Dhabi temple and PM Modi’s vision for India’s spiritual leadership on the world stage. Emphasizing the intricate carvings and all-inclusive grandeur of the BAPS Hindu Mandir, both leaders expressed enthusiasm for the upcoming inauguration, foreseeing it as a millennial moment of celebration.
PM Modi articulated the temple’s essence, stating, “It will reflect the ideal of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam—a spiritual space rooted not only in beliefs and traditions but a confluence of diverse cultures and civilizations, symbolizing the path forward in spiritual harmony.”
President Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed echoed this sentiment, expressing his heartfelt desire for the temple to be not just ordinary but a monumental symbol of tolerance and acceptance in the region.
The Ambassador of the UAE to India, Abdulnasser Alshaali, highlighted the significance of the upcoming inauguration, emphasizing that it would be a monumental day to “celebrate tolerance and acceptance.” The temple, built with 180,000 cubic feet of sandstone, stands as a testament to the unprecedented openness in the Middle East towards fostering global harmony and understanding.
The BAPS Hindu Mandir in Abu Dhabi is heralded as a spiritual oasis for global harmony, representing a renaissance of universal Sanatan values. The establishment of a Hindu temple in the Middle East, once unimaginable, now stands as a testament to the evolving dynamics of cultural acceptance and inclusivity on a global scale. The inauguration ceremony is poised to be a historic event, embodying the ideals of unity, diversity, and the shared pursuit of spiritual enlightenment.
In a parallel development, Union Minister for Minority Affairs Smriti Irani led a rare non-Muslim delegation to Medinah, Saudi Arabia, attending the third Haj and Umrah Conference in Jeddah. During her discussions with the Deputy Governor of Makkah Region and the Minister of Haj and Umrah, Irani explored opportunities for enhanced cooperation to improve facilities for Indian pilgrims. This unique engagement further underscores the spirit of inclusivity and collaboration across diverse religious and cultural landscapes.
As part of Saudi Prince’s Vision 2030, significant elements of Indian culture, including yoga, Ayurveda, and epics like the Ramayana and Mahabharata, will be included in the school curriculum, according to media reports. This initiative demonstrates a shared commitment to cultural exchange and understanding between India and Saudi Arabia, fostering deeper connections and mutual appreciation.
Moreover, the Indo-Islamic Cultural Foundation is set to begin construction of a grand mosque in Ayodhya from May this year, named “Masjid Muhammed bin Abdullah” after Prophet Muhammad. This endeavor, expected to take three to four years for completion, signifies a step towards promoting cultural diversity and coexistence in Ayodhya.