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Published: Friday, February 23, 2024, 7:34 p.m.

A vibrant celebration of Indian culture through various dance performances concluded the exclusive 12-day ‘Festival of Harmony’ held to commemorate the inauguration of the iconic BAPS Hindu Mandir in Abu Dhabi.

‘Inspiration Day’, a themed day organized by the women’s wing of BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha, brought together over 2,000 women at the temple this week.

A ‘Walk of Harmony’ promoting religious tolerance, love and peace set the tone for the process. Women playing traditional drums accelerated the celebratory atmosphere. There were folk dances from Assam, Gujarat, Punjab, West Bengal, Maharashtra and more states of India covering all regions of the country.

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Bharatanatyam, one of the traditional dance forms of South India and a fusion dance of the Emirates, was among the other highlights. All the dancers dressed in colorful and different costumes gave lively performances.

A captivating video titled ‘Faces of Inspiration’ highlighted the extraordinary stories of multifaceted people who have served in the temple. The special assembly underlined the vital role of women in the upliftment of society and their invaluable contributions to humanity.

Sadhvi Bhagwati Saraswati, spiritual leader, author and motivational speaker; Vandana Sudhir, wife of the Indian ambassador to the United Arab Emirates; Poonam Bhojani, CEO, Innoventures Education, was among the dignitaries present on the occasion.

Saraswati highlighted the importance of the temple in fostering unity among communities.

“This Mandir is a testimony of ‘Bhakti ki shakti’ (the strength of devotion). It serves as a symbol of global harmony, similar to the confluence of the Ganges, Yamuna and Saraswati rivers in Prayagraj (Uttar Pradesh). The whole (of this temple) is greater than the sum of its parts, and it can be seen in all who gather for this Mandir.”

Sudhir noted, “This Mandir has connected different cultures and religions making this world a better place. What can be a better place than here to inspire unity and love in society?

Bhojani, in his speech, said, “My father used to teach me to work without expecting any result. This is the first time I have seen it in action here at BAPS Hindu Mandir, where every individual has served without any expectations. “This is true service with compassion.”

Through a video recorded message, His Holiness Mahant Swami Maharaj, current spiritual leader of BAPS, conveyed the message of love and the power that resides in each and every one of us.

“Dear friends, you are not ordinary. You are great souls. You have infinite power within you, so be very proud of this,” he said.

The event brought together diverse groups representing various prominent communities in the country, including the Jain Samaj; Art of living; Ame Gujarati in the United Arab Emirates; Indian women in Dubai; Group of rising stars; Maharashtra Mandal Abu Dhabi; South Indian Community, Indian Ladies Association, Abu Dhabi and more. After the event, attendees took a tour of the temple complex, marveling at the intricate carvings and inspiring stories of ancient civilizations.

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