As per latest reports, hoards of followers are likely to be present at the foundation stone laying ceremonial occasion of the first Hindu temple in United Arab Emirates' Abu Dhabi on Saturday.
The occasion was witnessed by thousands of rejoicing Indian residents residing in the gulf country.
Mahant Swami Maharaj, spiritual head of the Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar-Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS), which is fabricating the temple, presided over the 4 hour ceremonial after which sacred bricks got positioned at the chief pooja sthal (place of worship).
In a congratulatory report, Indian Ambassador to UAE Navdeep Suri quoted Prime Minister Modi as saying, “On behalf of 130 crore Indians, it is my privilege to convey our greetings to my dear friend and the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.”
“When complete, this temple will symbolise the universal human values and spiritual ethos that form a shared heritage of both India and the UAE,” he said.
He added up that the temple incarnates the eternal Vedic importance of Vasudev Kutumbakam, the complete world is one family.
“I am sure this temple will be a source of inspiration for the 33 lakh Indians residing in the UAE as well as of people from all other cultures,” Suri quoted Narendra Modi as saying.
The proposal to set up the temple in Abu Dhabi got sanctioned by the Abu Dhabi administration during PM's first trip to the nation in year 2015.
The said temple will be an artistic complex with picture gallery, hallways, library and gymnasium.
It will consist of 7 towers symbolizing the seven emirates in the United Arab Emirates and covers up an area of 14 acres at Abu Mureikhah, near to the Abu Dhabi-Dubai highway.
The stones for the temple will get engraved by temple craftsmen in India and tacked together in the UAE.