PM Modi lays foundation stone for first Hindu temple in Abu Dhabi


Dubai:Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday inaugurated the project for the first Hindu temple to be built in UAE capital Abu Dhabi. While launching the Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS) Temple project via video conference, Modi said, “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 thanked Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan on behalf of 125 crore Indians for the construction of the grand temple.

Temple Committee members had presented the temple literature to PM Modi and Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan last evening in Abu Dhabi.This is the first stone temple to be built in Abu Dhabi off Dubai-Abu Dhabi highway.PM Modi is visiting the United Arab Emirates for the second time after his 2015 trip to the country.

The first Hindu temple in Abu Dhabi will come up on 55,000 square metres of land.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 spokesperson from the BAPS.
You represent every part of India and you know how rapidly India is developing,” PM Modi told the Indian community at Dubai Opera.

Asserting that India has crossed the phase of pessimism, the Prime Minister said that people have moved from “hoga ki nahi hoga (Will it happen?)” to “Modi ji kab hoga (Modi ji when will it happen)”. “This shows a new trust of ‘hoga toh abhi hoga’ (it will happen now if it has to happen)” he added.He further said that no country has made such rapid progress as India in ease of business as per World Bank.The Prime Minister also made a reference to demonetisation, on which the opposition has often attacked the BJP-led NDA government. He said that only those who lost their sleep due to demonetization opposed the move.


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