February 29, 2024

This type of presentation is usually reserved for national festivals or to welcome heads of state.

Surat : The head of BAPS Swaminarayan Sampradaya Mahant Swami Maharaj was given a grandwelcome in Abu Dhabi as a ‘State Guest’. The newly constructed temple of the Swaminarayan sect will be inaugurated by Mahant Swami at Abu Dhabi on February 14. For which Mahant Swami of Swaminarayan sect reached Abu Dhabi in a chartered flight from Surat International Airport. UAE Minister of Tolerance Sheikh Nahyan Mubarak Al Nahyan welcomed Mahant Swami Maharaj and said, “Welcome to UAE.” This country is blessed by your presence. We are touched by your good wishes. We feel your blessings. Your love and respect is touching. UAE leaders are great and big hearted.

Mahant Swami Maharaj as the ‘State Guest’ was warmly welcomed by dancers, drummers and singers in the traditional Arabic cultural style of ‘Al-Ayyala’. This type of presentation is usually reserved for national festivals or to welcome heads of state.The BAPS Hindu Temple is going to be the first stone- built temple in the traditional Hindu architectural style in the Middle East. Located in Abu Murekha, this magnificent temple epitomizes the strong friendship between India and the UAE and the spirit of cultural harmony and cooperation. The project has been made possible thanks to the generosity of the UAE government and its rulers. In 2015, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, donated 13.5 acres of land for the construction of the temple. Then during the Year of Tolerance’ in January 2019, another 13.5 acres was allotted and a total of 27 acres was gifted to the temple.

On the occasion of the inauguration of this prestigious temple, a ‘Festival of Harmony’ will be celebrated, under which various interesting programs and community events will be organized to inculcate the values of faith, service and harmony among people of different backgrounds. Brahmaviharidas Swami, who is managing the temple project under the guidance of Mahant Swami Maharaj, said that the BAPS Hindu Temple in Abu Dhabi has emerged as a spiritual island for global harmony, celebrating the rich heritage of the past, and guiding the future. The temple is a timeless testament to the spirituality of President Swami Maharaj and the generosity, honesty and friendship of the leadership of both the UAE and India and the leadership of the BAPS organization.

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