Recently, a magnificent Hindu temple, a mixture of Indian and Arabic design, was inaugurated in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The doors of the temple were opened to devotees in Dubai on October 5, on the auspicious occasion of Dussehra.
Rather than calling it a Shiva, Krishna or Durga temple, the Hindu committee decided to name it
Dubai Hindu Temple. Apparently, this is the second Hindu temple in the UAE (the other being the BAPS Hindu Mandir in Abu Dhabi) built at a cost of around 60 million dirhams ($16 million).
One of the main characteristics of this fascinating place of worship is that it is open to all faiths and can accommodate nearly a thousand worshipers at a time. The temple has 16 prayer halls, each dedicated to a Hindu deity.
The temple spans a huge area of 70,000 square feet and is built near the Guru Nanak Darbar in the Jebel Ali area of Dubai. The temple is an extension of the Sindhi Guru Darbar Temple in Souq Baniyas, Bur Dubai, one of the oldest Hindu temples in the United Arab Emirates.
The talk of the town is the architecture of the temple which has a unique Arabic look and looks absolutely amazing. The temple also has a teaching room where
Gita courses will take place, among others.
Raju Shroff, who is a member of the temple committee, said it was his father’s dream to open a Hindu temple in Dubai who has lived in Dubai since 1960.
On the day of the official inauguration, the Minister for Tolerance and Coexistence, Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak and India’s Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, Sunjay Sudhir, were present for the candle ceremony. Over 200 dignitaries including heads of diplomatic missions and religious leaders from many faiths and prominent figures from the Indian community were also present.