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Abu Dhabi’s First Hindu Temple: A Landmark Moment

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to inaugurate Abu Dhabi’s first Hindu temple marks a significant milestone in the country’s cultural landscape. This event comes shortly after PM Modi’s involvement in the consecration ceremony of the grand Ram temple in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh. As we celebrate this historic occasion, let’s also explore some of the largest Hindu shrines outside India.
The BAPS Hindu Mandir temple, in Abu Dhabi.
The BAPS Hindu Mandir temple, in Abu Dhabi.
Angkor Wat, Cambodia:
Angkor Wat, built in the 12th Century by King Suryavarman II, is the world’s largest temple complex, spanning 400 acres. Located in Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia, this shrine is dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu and is renowned for its eight-armed Vishnu statue, revered by locals as their protective deity.
Angkor Wat temple in Cambodia
Angkor Wat temple in Cambodia
BAPS Swaminarayan Akshardham, USA:
The BAPS Swaminarayan Akshardham temple in New Jersey’s Robbinsville Township is the second-largest Hindu temple globally. Spanning 183 acres, this temple complex features intricate stone carvings and a colossal elliptical dome, constructed over 12 years between 2011 and 2023.
BAPS Swaminarayan Akshardham during Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, in Robbinsville, New Jersey, US
BAPS Swaminarayan Akshardham during Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, in Robbinsville, New Jersey, US
Prambanan Temple, Indonesia:
The Prambanan temple complex in Java, Indonesia, consists of 240 temples dedicated to the Hindu gods Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva. Despite facing natural calamities, efforts are underway to restore this UNESCO heritage site to its former glory.

Pura Besakih, Indonesia:
Pura Besakih, also known as the Mother Temple of Bali, is situated on Mount Agung’s slopes in Bali, Indonesia. Covering 49 acres, this temple complex comprises 46 temples and is the largest Hindu temple complex on the island.
Other Notable Hindu Temples:
  • Pashupatinath Temple, Nepal: A UNESCO World Heritage site dedicated to Lord Shiva, attracting Hindu devotees from India annually.
  • Batu Caves, Malaysia: Featuring a series of cave temples dedicated to Lord Murugan, it’s a significant pilgrimage site with 272 concrete steps to reach the main temple.
  • Shri Venkateswara Temple, UK: One of the largest Hindu temples outside India, serving as a hub for spiritual and cultural activities.
  • Radha Madhav Dham, USA: A prominent Hindu temple attracting devotees and visitors for its serene ambiance and spiritual teachings.
As we celebrate the inauguration of Abu Dhabi’s first Hindu temple, let’s also appreciate the rich cultural heritage and architectural marvels of Hindu shrines around the world. These temples serve as symbols of devotion, spirituality, and unity among the global Hindu community.

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