Indian PM Modi may visit Abu Dhabi temple

Modi might pay a visit to the Bochanswasi Akshar Purshottam Swaminarayan Santha temple site's Janmashtami festivities
Indian PM Modi may visit Abu Dhabi temple
By Gavin Gibbon
Tue 20 Aug 2019 10:41 AM

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi may attend the Hindu temple in Abu Dhabi to mark the Janmashtami festival, according to local media reports.

The Indian premier is due to travel to the UAE on Friday for a two-day visit before heading off to Bahrain for a similar length stay.

A report in Gulf News suggested Modi might pay a visit to the Bochanswasi Akshar Purshottam Swaminarayan Santha (BAPS) temple site’s Janmashtami (birth of lord Krishna) festivities.

“We have made arrangements for over 1,200 people to be here on the day, but have absolutely no intimation if the honourable Indian Prime Minister Modi will be attending the event ... We came to know about his impending arrival on Sunday night, we have not extended any formal invitation to him," a source from BAPS is quoted as saying. 

The BAPS celebrations will be led by Swami Bramha Vihari.

During his visit to the region, Modi will receive the Order of Zayed, the highest civil decoration of the UAE, which was awarded in April 2019 in recognition of his distinguished leadership in promoting relations between the two countries.

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