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Grand Hindu Temple Set To Open In Dubai’s Jabel Ali Region On Dussehra

The newly built hindu temple is situated in Dubai’s Corridor of tolerance in Jabel Ali region. The same area also has a Gurdwara and several churches.

The newly built hindu temple is situated in Dubai’s Corridor of tolerance in Jabel Ali region. Image used for Representational Purpose only. (Photo: Pexels)

New Delhi: The new hindu temple is all set to open in Dubai’s Jebel Ali from October 5, 2022. The construction work is in the final stage and the temple will be inaugurated on October 4, 2022. The temple will be open to the public on the occasion of Dussehra.

The newly built hindu temple is situated in Dubai’s Corridor of tolerance in Jabel Ali region. The same area also has a Gurdwara and several churches. As announced earlier, the new temple will open its doors for visitors for the Hindu festival Dussehra, said Raju Shroff, one of the temple trustees.

“We are ready to open the temple to the public on 5th October as planned. But, before that, we want to educate the public about how to visit the temple and control the crowd,” said Shroff as workers continued to put the finishing touches on the majestic structure.

The new temple is Licensed by the Community Development Authority of Dubai. The community centre is an extension of the six-decades-old Sindhi Guru Darbar temple in Bur Dubai.

Talking about the safety of the visitors, Shroff said that keeping in mind the colossal traffic situation in the area and the safety during the Covid-19 pandemic the temple management has decided to start an online booking system for the visitors.

The temple would be open in two phases. “We will first open the place of worship on the first floor for Dussehra, and the rest of the buildings will be opened in stage two by 14th January (on the day of Makar Sankranti)”, Shroff said.

As far as the facilities in the temple are concerned, on the first floor, the temple will accommodate a prayer hall with 16 deities worshipped across India and a section for the Guru Granth Sahib – the holy book of the Sikhs. However, only this area will be open to visitors till 14th January to control the crowd, said Shroff.

“We are expecting huge crowds of devotees to visit the temple and offer prayers. It will be difficult to manage the crowd if we also open the other areas where visitors can engage in various community events as well”, he added.

These areas include a 4,000 sq ft banquet hall, a multipurpose room and a knowledge room on the ground floor. On the first floor, sacred places have also been dedicated for nine planets and a Tulsi (holy basil) plant podium.

All these facilities will be opened to the public only from 14th January. Temple visitors can organise weddings, the ritual of tonsuring, havans (ritual burning of offerings) and cultural events in these facilities. The temple also has a well-equipped kitchen and a dry and cold storage facility. Interfaith leaders have been invited to organise on-site and online sessions in the knowledge room.

After the official opening, the temple will also organise celebrations for festivals such as Diwali and Navratri. The timings will be from 6 AM to 9 PM. The temple has the capacity to accommodate about 1,000 visitors anytime.

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