This Wednesday, a Hindu Temple in Dubai opened its doors to the general public, the opening happened right on time as people can celebrate the occasion of Dussehra.
On Tuesday, later in the evening an official inauguration took place where interfaith leaders, diplomats and government officials were invited. The divine house of worship is located in Dubai’s Jebel Ali neighbourhood ( Jebel Ali Village), the temple is situated beside a handful of churches and even a Sikh Gurdwara
The architectural focus was primarily on blending Indian and Arabic architecture. The temple is glazed in stark white colour, the marble hand carvings are an eye catcher, it is further accompanied with metal latticework and tall brass spires. The main prayer hall is on the first floor with a massive skylight from which a large, pink lotus sculpture is attached, signifying peace. The lower section comprises a banquet hall while the prayer hall is bordered by an open terrace. Right at the entrance, There are nine brass spires or kalashas on the outer domes, which are believed to draw in energy to the temple. Deities worshipped by Hindus across India have been installed in this section.
The Temple trustees have extended their welcome to all nationalities and religious beliefs,to visit to learn more about Indian customs, heritage and faith.
As part of a soft launch, the temple has been opened to test all facilities. The daily expectation of visitors varys between 3,000 to 6,000 people. The weekend expects to host approximately 25,000 visitors. In addition to that, a temple is also being built in Abu Dhabi which is expected to be completed by 2024.