India’s PM Narendra Modi will inaugurate a Hindu temple in Abu Dhabi

India's Prime Minister Modi will open a temple in Abu Dhabi

During his two-day visit to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi plans to unveil a huge Hindu temple.

The BAPS Hindu Mandir in Abu Dhabi was erected on a 27-acre (11-hectare) land granted by the UAE government.

India announced its construction during Mr. Modi’s visit to the UAE in 2018.

Analysts believe the temple would strengthen the government’s Hindu nationalist agenda ahead of the general elections in two months.

The unveiling comes only weeks after Mr Modi dedicated a huge temple to the Hindu deity Ram in the northern Indian city of Ayodhya. It replaced a 16th-century mosque demolished by Hindu zealots in 1992, resulting in riots that killed approximately 2,000 people.

The BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha runs the temple in Abu Dhabi, which describes itself as a “spiritual, volunteer-driven fellowship” dedicated to “fostering Hindu values of faith, service, and global harmony”.

The organization, which has a 200-year history, is based in Mr Modi’s home state, Gujarat.

While temples have existed in the UAE for decades, this is supposedly the first to be built using traditional techniques.

The temple, made of pink sandstone from Rajasthan and white Italian marble, was carved in India and constructed in Dubai.

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India and the UAE are strong friends, with bilateral commerce of $85 billion (£67.6 billion). In addition, Indians are the country’s largest expatriate community. Hundreds of thousands of Indian Hindus reside in Abu Dhabi.

Mr Modi is in the nation to attend the World Governments Summit, a platform for world leaders.

On Tuesday, the first day of his tour, he met with the UAE president in bilateral sessions. The Indian Ministry of External Affairs announced that the two nations had inked a bilateral investment treaty and a comprehensive economic partnership pact.

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