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Friday, February 25, 2011

Hindu Temple in Dubai

Hindu Temple, Dubai

Hindu Temple, Dubai (referred to locally as Shiva and Krishna Mandir) is a temple complex in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE). The temple caters to the large Hindu community in the United Arab Emirates and is the only Hindu temple in that country. The temple complex comprises a Shiva and Krishna temple.

The Hindu Temple is located west of the Dubai Creek in the area of Bur Dubai (specifically Al Bastakiya) and is adjacent to Al Fahidi Fort. The temple is run in conjunction with the Indian consulate in Dubai. The Hindu Temple Complex at the Bur Dubai creek near the Dubai Museum which caters to the needs of Hindus. The temple complex houses the Lord Shiva and Krishna Temples.

There is a large queue during weekends and holidays at the small temple complex. Devotees have to wait for long period to get darshan. The shrines are dedicated to Lord Krishna and Lord Shiva.

Located in Bur Dubai, the Shiva and Krishna Temple caters to the religious needs of the vast Hindu community in Dubai. While the temple performs marriage ceremonies among the Hindus, interestingly the marriages cannot be registered in the country.
In the Siva temple, they also perform Aiyappan Puja, Vishnu Sahasranama Chanting, Homams etc. Again, we have to respect the law of the land. During Ramadan fasting period, prasad will be distributed only after the Iftar time(breaking fast).

The Hindu Temple Complex at the Bur Dubai creek is the single temple in UAE for thousands of Hindus in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain, Fujairah and Ras Al-Khaimah – the seven kingdoms which form United Arab Emirates.

Directions to reach the Hindu temple in Dubai

Head down to Burjuman. This is one of the big popular malls in the country. You could either take a taxi or use the metro to get off at Khalid Bin Waleed Station. From there head down Khalid Bin Waleed street (popularly known as computer street). As you walk past the computer stores, turn right at Apsara supermarket. Continue to walk towards the creek as you head in the direction of Dubai Museum. Right next to the museum is the Hindu Temple.

There used to be Sai Baba temple & a Panchamukha Hanuman temple in Dubai. But these temples had to be closed due to some local regulations.

1 comment:

  1. Hi there, is there any Diwali Celebration in Dubai this year on Nov 13. I will be there from Nov 12 - 14 and I'm from Malaysia. Best Wishes,
    Renuga Nair