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Dubai’s New Hindu Temple All Set to Open in October

PUNJAB NEWS EXPRESS | September 23, 2022 11:28 PM

Situated amidst what is known as the ‘Worship Village’, Dubai’s new Hindu temple is located in the Jebel Ali Village. Dedicated to 16 deities from the Hindu culture, the temple is set to open its doors to the public on the day of the auspicious Dussehra festival, that is, on 5 October 2022.  

Welcoming people from all faiths, the temple has already had its soft opening on 1 September 2022, where thousands of visitors were allowed to get a glimpse of the interiors of the temple. 

Travelling to the United Arab Emirates has also now been made easy as the restrictions for visitors are almost zero to none.  Etihad, Sri Lankan Airlines, Air India and Air Arabia are some of the major airlines which offer regular flights to the UAE.

Moreover, since Dubai’s new Hindu temple welcomes people from all faiths, visitors from countries outside the UAE can also visit this unique and mesmerizing temple. Visitors can choose to stay at some of the hotels near the Jebel Ali Village area to get easy access to the temple.

The 16 deities across India will be placed in the exquisitely patterned podiums inside the expansive octagonal-shaped prayer room. “The South Indian deities have been carved in black stone, ” stated the general manager of the Hindu Temple, Mohan N.

The trustee of the Sindhu Guru Darbar, Raju Shroff stated to some sources, "We will have officials and dignitaries from the government of UAE who will be attending the official opening ceremony on October 4. We have some rituals planned as well.”

According to the official temple website, Dubai’s new Hindu temple will be open from 6:30 AM to 8 PM. However, the appointments for the majority of weekends in the month of October have already been booked.

Visitors who have booked their appointments to visit the Hindu temple from  Hindu Temple Dubai official website for 5 October 2022, will be allowed entry without being subject to the hourly number restrictions which are currently in place.

As of now, temple authorities have installed a QR-code-based appointment system to ensure the safety of all visitors during Covid-19. 

The visitors who wish to visit Dubai’s new Hindu temple can book their visitation slots from the Hindu Temple Dubai official website and will be welcomed to enter the temple during their assigned time slots.

The online booking system will continue until the end of October after which the public will be free to visit the temple any time during its opening hours.

Moreover, the temple in Dubai has a whooping capacity to easily accommodate around 1000 to 1200 worshippers on a daily basis.

He further added that the temple will open in two phases, and during phase two, which begins on the auspicious day of Makarsankranti on 14 January 2023, the temple will open the knowledge room and community room to the public. Furthermore, the temple visitors will also be able to organise weddings, havan (fire), and private events.

The visitors are advised to use public transportation or carpool to reach Dubai’s new Hindu temple to avoid getting stuck in queues and follow the Covid-19 social distancing protocols.

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