Interfaith Harmony is Possible!

And It’s Happening Before Our Eyes.

  • A Muslim-ruling country giving land…
  • To build a Hindu mandir (temple) led by a Hindu organization…
  • Where the lead architect is Christian Catholic
  • The chief consultant is Chinese
  • The project director is Sikh
  • The construction company is Parsi
  • The workers are from India, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal
  • And the supporters of this project are from numerous countries, faiths, and backgrounds around the world.

Brief History

This dream began back on April 5, 1997, when His Holiness Pramukh Swami Maharaj (the 5th spiritual successor to Bhagwan Swaminarayan and leader of BAPS from 1971–2016) prophesized a grand mandir to be built.

  1. “May peace prevail here and everywhere.
  2. May all religions of all countries grow greater love for one other.
  3. May all countries be free of internal enmity and prejudice towards each other and may they all progress in their own unique way.
  4. May a Mandir be built in Abu Dhabi.
His Holiness Mahant Swami Maharaj (center) along with dignitaries during the Shilanyas (Foundation-Laying) Ceremony | Image: BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha

Future Effects of The Mandir

Redefining Harmony

The BAPS Hindu Mandir has already been showing the effects of interfaith harmony, tolerance, and dialogue.

Importance of Interfaith Dialogue

The mandir’s first effect will be the opening of interfaith dialogue. This is a key aspect missing in our daily life. It is not enough for religious or community leaders to engage in dialogue, but the common person. However, this mandir will at the very least, open up a dialogue about various religions and the traditions accompanying them.

Crown Prince HH Mohamed bin Zayed al Nahyan conversing with India’s PM Narendra Modi and the BAPS delegation about the plans for the Hindu Mandir. | Image: BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha

Emphasis on Spiritual Wellness

A mandir is sometimes broken up into two words:

  • मनस्— Mind —Mind, thought, belief
  • धैर्य — Dhairya — Stability, comfort, calmness
Rendition of the BAPS Hindu Mandir, Abu Dhabi | Image: BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha



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