On the day of the inauguration of the renowned BAPS Hindu Mandir (temple) in Abu Dhabi, the Guru Nanak Durbar Gurdwara in Dubai will exhibit exceptional interfaith solidarity.
The Guru Nanak Durbar Gurdwara in Dubai will exhibit extraordinary interfaith solidarity on the inauguration day of the renowned BAPS Hindu Mandir in Abu Dhabi. In a remarkable demonstration of communal unity, the Gurdwara management has pledged to provide 5,000 meals through a 'langar'—a revered Sikh tradition offering free food to individuals regardless of their religious or national background.
This benevolent gesture will unfold in the presence of His Holiness Mahant Swami Maharaj, the spiritual leader of the BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha, and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who are scheduled to inaugurate the Middle East’s inaugural traditional Hindu stone temple on Wednesday, February 14.
Surender Singh Kandhari, chairman of the Gurudwara committee, emphasized that serving langar is a time-honored practice in all Gurudwaras, ensuring that no individual goes hungry. He expressed gratitude towards Swami Brahmaviharidas, the head of the BAPS Hindu Mandir project, for readily embracing their offer. Kandhari highlighted that this gesture not only symbolizes their warm reception of the new addition to the multi-faith community but also serves as an expression of appreciation towards the UAE authorities for their inclusive stance towards all religions and unwavering commitment to fostering harmony and tolerance.
Pujya Swami Brahmaviharidas underscored how this act epitomizes the ethos of unity that the BAPS embodies. He remarked that such gestures further strengthen interfaith understanding and acceptance, noting that langar meals are renowned for embodying kindness, humanity, and generosity of spirit.
Swami Brahmaviharidas expressed confidence that the UAE government’s commendable efforts in promoting interfaith tolerance and harmony will pave the way for numerous collaborative initiatives aimed at nurturing peace and goodwill among all communities.