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BAPS Mandir (Abu Dhabi-UAE)

Why is it in the news?

  • The BAPS Mandir, Abu Dhabi, is set to be inaugurated by Prime Minister Modi, marking the first Hindu temple in the city.

About BAPS Mandir

  • Located at Abu Mureikhah near Al Rahba, it embodies traditional Nagar style architecture.
  • The temple boasts an impressive structure with 402 pillars crafted from 25,000 stone pieces and stands at a height of 108 feet.
  • It features seven spires, each representing one of the seven emirates of the UAE, constructed using pink Rajasthan sandstone, white Italian marble, and 18 lakh bricks.

Features:

  • The entrance is adorned with eight murtis symbolizing foundational values of Sanatana Dharma.
  • The temple includes shrines dedicated to various deities such as Lord Ram, Sita, Hanuman, Shiva, Parvati, Ganesh, and Karthik.
  • Intricate carvings in each shrine depict the life and teachings of the respective deities.
  • Inscriptions depict stories from ancient civilizations such as Maya, Aztec, Egyptian, Arabic, European, Chinese and African, highlighting the interconnected essence of global spirituality.
  • Fly ash is used instead of cement to reduce carbon footprint, and nano tiles with designed patterns ensure comfort in extreme heat.
  • The construction avoids ferrous materials, aligning with eco-friendly practices.

 

About Bochasanwasi Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS)

·       BAPS is a socio-spiritual Hindu faith rooted in the Vedas, emphasizing moral, social, cultural, and spiritual activities.

·       Founded in 1907 CE by Brahmaswarup Shastriji Maharaj, it follows principles such as abstaining from alcohol, addictions, adultery, meat, and impurities of body and mind.

·       Engaged in various humanitarian activities including disaster relief, educational initiatives, healthcare services, and anti-addiction campaigns.

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