International Foundation of Abu Dhabi’s first Hindu temple takes shape

Foundation of Abu Dhabi’s first Hindu temple takes shape

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Foundation of the first Hindu temple in Abu Dhabi will be completed by the end of April, the temple management said in its latest update on the traditional stone temple’s construction.

According to Gulf News, The Bochasanwasi Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS), the organisation building the Dh450 million BAPS Hindu Mandir, has released a video showing the massive foundation of the temple taking shape at the 27-acre site in Abu Dhabi’s in Abu Mureikhah area.

Ashok Kondeti, a project engineer said that the construction is now in the final stage of the foundation which is 4.5 metres from the ground level.

“From January, we poured around 4,500 cubic metres of concrete and 3,000 cubic metres of backfilling has been done,” he said.

“In this foundation, we have two tunnels. For those tunnels, stones have been received from India and the placing will start by next week. The total foundation work will be complete by the end of April so we can start the actual stone work in the month of May,” he added, as quoted by Gulf News.

Design of the temple takes inspiration traditional stone temples, hand-carved stone pillars that have been taking shape in India were revealed in November 2020.

The columns and pillars in stones are being carved by artisans in Rajasthan and Gujarat in India. The pink stones are from Rajasthan and the marble from Macedonia in Italy, Gulf News said in the report.

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