In a historic moment, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has accepted an invitation to inaugurate the BAPS Hindu Mandir in Abu Dhabi on February 14 next year. The announcement was made in a press statement by BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha following a meeting between Prime Minister Modi and Swami Ishwarcharandas, along with Swami Brahmaviharidas and the board of directors.
During the meeting held on Wednesday at the Prime Minister’s residential office, Prime Minister Modi graciously accepted the invitation, expressing his enthusiastic support for the construction of the temple, which is expected to become an iconic symbol. Swami Ishwarcharandas honoured the Prime Minister by adorning him with a garland and draping a saffron shawl over his shoulders, recognizing Modi’s significant contributions to India and the world.
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The discussions during the meeting centred around the global significance of the Abu Dhabi temple for fostering harmony, and Prime Minister Modi’s vision for positioning India as a spiritual leader on the global stage. The press statement highlighted Modi’s extraordinary achievements, particularly the renovation and development of pilgrimage sites across India, a feat unparalleled in recent centuries.
“The BAPS delegation prayed for the Prime Minister’s health and acknowledged his exceptional global achievements, notably strengthening relationships with the UAE and other Middle Eastern countries,” read the press release. The delegation also discussed the pride and inspiration that Modi’s leadership has instilled in Indians worldwide.
Recalling memories of Pramukh Swami Maharaj and his centenary celebrations, Prime Minister Modi expressed prayers for Mahant Swami Maharaj’s health. He appreciated the efforts of individuals, volunteers, and supporters involved in the BAPS Hindu Mandir project in Abu Dhabi, singling out Chairman Ashok Kotecha, Vice Chairman Yogesh Mehta, and Director Chirag Patel for their significant contributions.
In a light-hearted exchange, Prime Minister Modi inquired about Chirag Patel’s love for tennis and his family’s involvement in the sport, encouraging his children to continue working hard and achieving success. The Prime Minister acknowledged the dedication of those involved in the project, recognizing it as a source of pride for India.
Swami Brahmaviharidas provided an update on the BAPS Hindu Mandir in Abu Dhabi, emphasising its intricate carvings and all-inclusive grandeur. Prime Minister Modi remarked that the inauguration ceremony would be a significant event, symbolising the ideals of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam — a spiritual space that transcends beliefs and traditions, representing a confluence of diverse cultures and civilizations.
“It will reflect the ideal of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam – an ideal spiritual space, not merely rooted in beliefs and traditions, but a confluence of diverse cultures and civilizations. The essence of spiritual harmony, symbolising the path forward,” remarked Prime Minister Modi.
The upcoming inauguration is anticipated to be a millennial moment of celebration, showcasing the temple as a symbol of unity and spiritual harmony. Prime Minister Modi’s acceptance of the invitation underscores the importance of fostering global understanding and collaboration through cultural and spiritual initiatives. The BAPS Hindu Mandir in Abu Dhabi is poised to stand as a testament to India’s rich cultural heritage and its commitment to promoting global peace and harmony.