Highlights of the story
- The Dubai Hindu Temple will open from October 5
- There will be idols of 16 gods and goddesses of Hinduism in the temple
- 8 priests will be present in the temple at all times
The Hindu temple built in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) is making headlines around the world. This great Hindu temple will open from October 5. The temple will have a knowledge hall and a community center for other religious activities along with the installation of idols of 16 gods and goddesses of Hinduism.
According to Khaleej Times report Sindhu Guru Darbar Temple Trustee Raju Shroff confirmed this and said that this grand temple will be officially opened to the public on October 5 this year on the occasion of Dussehra.
This Hindu temple is located in the Emirate’s Corridor of Tolerance in Jebel Ali. Apart from the Hindu temple, there is a Sikh Gurdwara, a Hindu temple and many churches.
Shroff, the trustee of the temple, said several officials and dignitaries of the UAE government will attend the official opening ceremony. We have also planned some rituals.
He said the temple will be opened to the public in two phases. In a first phase, we will open the place of worship to the public only.
Ashok Kumar W., Temple Committee Member. Odhrani said the second phase will start on January 14 on the occasion of Makar Sankranti. During this time we will open a knowledge room and a community room for the public. Visitors to the temple can host weddings, havaners or private events here.
Odharani said 1,000 to 1,200 people can easily worship at the temple. However, this number can be higher during Hindu festivals. We expect more people to visit Abu Dhabi over the weekend.
Book with QR code from September
To ensure the safety of all visitors during Corona, the temple administration has installed a QR code based appointment system.
Officials associated with the temple say that devotees visiting the temple can book appointments based on QR codes from September. You can get the QR code from the temple website. Entry time to the temple is from 6am to 9pm.
Shroff said, “We are ready to open the temple to the general public from October 5, before that we want to educate people on how to come to the temple.”
This temple has received a license from the Community Development Authority (CDA) of Dubai. This temple is spread over an area of 70,000 square feet.
There will be a prayer hall on the first floor of the temple, where 16 Hindu gods and goddesses will be worshipped. Along with this, there will also be a separate room to keep the Guru Granth Sahib, the holy book of the Sikhs.
Shroff said, we expect a large number of devotees to come to the temple to pray. If we open the rest of the temple together, it will be difficult to control the crowd.
These areas include a 4,000 square meter banquet hall, a multi-purpose room and a knowledge room, which is located on the ground floor. Several LCD screens will also be installed in the community room and knowledge room.
Along with the Tulsi plant podium on the first floor, there is a separate space for the nine planets.
All these facilities will be open to the general public from January 14. Devotees visiting the temple can arrange weddings, havanars, mundanes and other cultural activities here. There is also a kitchen equipped with all the facilities in the temple premises. It also has a dry and cold warehouse.
After the official inauguration of the Hindu temple, special events will be organized for festivals like Diwali and Navratri.
The temple’s general manager, N. Mohan says that a group of artisans from Rajasthan, India is engaged in finalizing the marble design of the temple.
He said that artisans belonging to different religions are engaged in the work of this temple. The contemporary design of this temple preserves the original form of the traditional Hindu temple. We have incorporated various Arabic elements like the mashrabiya pattern in the temple architecture to give it an Emirati-Indian touch.
Nine tall pillars, decorated pillars and handcrafted sculpture on white marble are part of the rich interior and exterior of this temple. The large wooden doors and tall concrete pillars of the temple are decorated with bells, elephants and flowers.
general manager of the Hindu temple N. Mohan said that the idols of South Indian deities have been carved in black stones.
On the central podium of the temple, there will be 15 more deities with Shiva in the center. Idols of South Indian deities Guruvayoorappan and Ayyappan along with other deities like Ganesh, Krishna, Mahalakshmi will also be installed in the prayer meeting.
“We wanted to get the idols of deities from different communities so that the temple has idols ranging from South Indian deities to Eastern deities,” he said. People of all faiths are welcome here. The temple will also have a section for the Guru Granth Sahib, the holy book of the Sikhs.
Mohan said a special area has also been designed for the Tulsi plant. This area will be used for secular and other religious functions. After the idols of the gods and goddesses are installed in the temple, 10 to 12 priests will conduct the Pran Pratishthapan programme. At least eight priests will be present in the temple at all times.
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