The BAPS Hindu Mandir in Abu Dhabi is a remarkable story of faith, devotion, and community collaboration. With so many contributing in so many ways to this inspiring devotional complex, it was natural that the local fellowship would wish to thank God, Guru and everyone involved.
A special ‘Day of Devotion’ was held at the Mandir on 10 February 2024, providing an opportunity for devotees to offer their gratitude in a uniquely devotional way.
The Bhakti Tula – a sacred devotional ceremony – united devotees and well-wishers from the Middle East and across the world to express their devotion through personal prayers and heartfelt offerings of individual rosary beads. These offerings were placed in a tula (sacred scales) to Shri Akshar-Purushottam Maharaj to symbolize gratitude and celebrate the imminent inauguration of the Mandir.
The assembly began with kirtans that explained the spiritual benefits that are realised through devotion. Sadguru Viveksagardas Swami delved deeper into the goodwill of countless people who have supported the construction of the new Mandir and paid tribute to their invaluable contributions.
Upon Mahant Swami Maharaj’s arrival, the murtis of Shri Akshar-Purushottam Maharaj were joyously welcomed into the assembly hall carried in decorative palanquins.
Thereafter, Swamishri performed the pujan and arti of Shri Akshar-Purushottam Maharaj before offering his own devotion by placing a rosary bead in the scales.
In his blessings, Mahant Swami Maharaj reiterated the spiritual significance of pure devotion and selfless prayer, explaining, “God is limitless and transcendental. He can never be weighed in materialistic terms. Only our selfless devotion can truly reach him and please him. By pleasing God, we are thanking everyone.”
Swamis and devotees participated in the tula by placing their own rosary beads on the scale pans, symbolising their personal devotion and gratitude.
Asmita Vavadiya from Sohar, Oman, shared her experiences of the evening: “The tula gave us an ideal way to express our devotional gratitude and offer our prayers. Everyone across the Gulf region – male and female, young and old – has served with dedication and enthusiasm to make this Mandir a reality. This was our opportunity to offer our gratitude and prayers to God, our guru Mahant Swami Maharaj, and to all those who have given their support.”