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Abu Dhabi's first Hindu stone temple was inaugurated by PM Modi

Published on February 15, 2024
Current Context: Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated Abu Dhabi’s first Hindu stone temple, known as the BAPS Mandir, on February 14, 2024.
Abu Dhabi's first Hindu stone temple was inaugurated by PM Modi
  • This temple is the first traditional Hindu temple in the United Arab Emirates and is located on a 27-acre site in Abu Mreikhah, near Al Rahba off the Dubai-Abu Dhabi Sheikh Zayed Highway.
  • The temple was built by the Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS) and cost around ₹700 crore.
  • The construction of the temple followed the ancient style of creation mentioned in the Shilpa and Sthapathya Shastras, Hindu scriptures which describe the art for mandir design and construction.
  • The temple is equipped with over 300 high-tech sensors to measure temperature, pressure, and movement (seismic activity), providing live data for research.
  • The temple was constructed with 18 lakh bricks, seven lakh man hours, and 1.8 lakh cubic metres of sandstone sourced directly from Rajasthan.
  • The temple’s architecture is in the Nagara style, similar to the recently inaugurated Ram Temple in Ayodhya.

Question:

Q.1 Who inaugurated Abu Dhabi’s first Hindu stone temple, the BAPS Mandir?
a. Narendra Modi
b. Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan
c. Ram Nath Kovind
d. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan
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