The first stone of the spires (shikhars) of the Mandir were blessed in an auspicious ceremony by Pujya Ishwarcharan Swami. Among the swamis who also participated on this momentous occasion were Brahmavihari Swami, Vishvavihari Swami, Shrijiswarup Swami, Bhaktinandan Swami and Dharmavatsal Swami.
During the pujan ceremony, Pujya Ishwarcharan Swami performed the rituals while the Shantipath and Vedic mantras were recited. The stone was then lifted and placed in position, signifying the beginning of the main spire construction.
After the rituals, Pujya Ishwarcharan Swami viewed the ongoing work, and commended the stone artisans and supervisors for their tireless efforts in bringing the project to life. He also expressed his deep gratitude to the workers, acknowledging their hard work and dedication in ensuring that the construction progresses smoothly.
The BAPS Hindu Mandir in Abu Dhabi is expected to become an important spiritual and cultural center for people of all faiths, showcasing the rich heritage of India and promoting understanding and respect between different communities. The Mandir’s construction is a testament to the UAE's commitment to promoting religious tolerance and cultural diversity, and the shikhar's pujan ceremony is a significant step towards the Mandir's opening in the first quarter of 2024.