A Mandir is a Hindu place of worship which connects man with God. Believed to be a bridge between earth and heaven, its stone art and architecture, forms and carvings symbolise both the wonders of nature and the mysteries of the universe.
A Mandir is the divine home where God resides to bless and inspire the faithful. In the words of His Holiness Pramukh Swami Maharaj, the inspirer of this Mandir, "a Mandir is a place of paramount peace" – where the mind becomes still and feels the Divine.
Apart from preserving art, culture and spiritual values, a Mandir is also a centre of selfless humanitarian services that support and sustain the social and emotional needs of humanity at large.
In addition to the universal inspirations provided by the more than 1,200 BAPS mandirs around the world, the BAPS Hindu Mandir in Abu Dhabi hopes to:
The traditional stone Mandir will be enhanced by a multifaceted, multifunctional cultural and spiritual centre. As the largest place in the UAE for people of all faiths to come and experience Hindu culture and religion, the BAPS Hindu Mandir complex will include the following facilities to meet the needs of the UAE community:
The BAPS Hindu Mandir at Abu Dhabi will be a unique architectural feat, built according to the ancient Hindu shilpashastras (Sanskrit scriptures of architecture).
Entirely sculpted from stone, every design and feature of the Mandir - from foundations to flags, pillars to pinnacles - is inspired by nature and identifies with the body of the divine. Every corner and crevice will be intricately hand-carved by hundreds of artisans in India. Once ready and numbered, thousands of such stone pieces will be shipped to the UAE and assembled on site like a giant 3D jigsaw puzzle. This magnificent Mandir shall be a marvel of seven spires and five ornate domes that we hope will serve the UAE and the world for millennia to come.