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Written by Amirthavarshini on November 15, 2022 Share on

Temples in Bur Dubai – Discover Spirituality In The City Of Gold

Dubai will never fail to impress you with its melting pot of cultures. You can find people from different cultures and traditions living in harmony under one roof. When on your vacation to Dubai, make the best use of your trip to soak in spirituality by visiting the temples in Bur Dubai. In the luxurious region of Bur Dubai, find calmness with serenity and groom yourself with positive vibes. The temples in Bur Dubai is the best place to explore the country’s colonial and traditional origin. You will be familiar with the country’s mosques and churches. But have you ever heard of the country’s temples? The country offers peace and harmony to all the people belonging to all religions and faiths. Here is a list of all the temples in Bur Dubai along with the details regarding the timing and location.

Temple shops
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Story Behind The Temples

You can see the oldest version of the country in the neighbourhood and the temples in Bur Dubai. Most of the population who had resided in the place during the colonial era were Indians. This Indian community built some religious spots in Bur Dubai. Later, Bur Dubai was transformed into one of the important residential hubs in the country. The growing number of Hindu population in the place created a need for a temple there. So in the year 1958, the first Hindu temple in Dubai was built above the shops in Bur Dubai Old Souk. The same Hindu temple is still standing strong with open arms welcoming devotees from all over the city. 

The Bur Dubai temple has a number of prayer halls for the devotees enclosed in the same area. You can also explore the various Hindu stores that are lined up to sell items that are used when offering prayers. There is also an allotted space for devotees to leave their footwear before entering the temple. Continue reading the article to know more about the temple, its rules, regulations and timings.

1. Shree Krishna Haveli (Shrinathji Temple)

Shree Krishna Haveli Temple is located right next to the Dubai Museum in Bur Dubai. Prayers are offered to the statue of Lord Shree Krishna in his child form. It is considered as one of the main prayer halls for Hindus in Dubai. Devotees make way to this temple either in the morning during sunrise or after sunset to offer prayers. Prayers take place round the clock in this temple. But one gets the special Prasad only after the Aarti gets over. This temple is considered as the abode of peacefulness and rejuvenation. 

Lord Krishna is adorned with different clothes and jewellery during different times of the day. The darshan starts at 5:00 AM in the morning and ends at 7:30 PM in the evening. The temple offers a high degree of aura to all the devotees entering its doorsteps. It creates a positive impact on the mind and body of the devotees. It is believed by the community of Bur Dubai that meditating in Shree Krishna Haveli offers relaxation from all kinds of stress and disturbances. The temple is free from the crowd except on the Janmashtami day. 

The temple does not accept any offerings such as Prasad or milk to the deity. You can still offer donations via the office premises within the temple. It is believed that the tiny God is very adorable and highly powerful. One can come to the temple with empty hands and take back a heart full of happiness. Take a public taxi or reach the temple by walk as parking is a problem in this area.

2. Shiv Mandir ( Shiva Temple)

The Shiva temple, located on the top floor is a famous place of worship for the Hindus in Bur Dubai. It is very close to the Dubai Museum and the Krishna temple as well. Once you enter the temple, you might forget the fact that you are actually in Dubai. The temple is a home for many Hindu gods such as Sai Baba and Ganesha. This place doesn’t restrict people from communities other than Hinduism. As long as you believe in God and would not hurt the sentiments of the community, you can head to this place.

Ganesha shrine in the temple of Bur Dubai
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The Shiv Ratri festival is one major event that is celebrated by the entire community throughout the night in praise of Lord Shiva. There are shops lined up outside the temple that sell flower garlands and sweets for the deity. A piece of holy, soothing music is played from a room constructed upstairs.

3. Shirdi Sai Baba Mandir ( Sai Baba Temple)

This is one of the temples in Bur Dubai that is solely dedicated to the devotees of Shree Shirdi Sai Baba. Devotees of this holy saint come here to get rid of their sins and bad deeds. It is believed that the deity removes all stains and scars in one’s heart and mind to offer purity and peace. Devotees offer prayers by singing famous Sai Bhajans and Slokas. Apart from the statue of the deity, devotees can also worship the holy footprints in the temple. 

Bur Dubai Temple Timings 

The Bur Dubai temple timings are as follows:

  • Morning prayer timing: 06:00 am – 01:00 pm
  • Evening prayer timing: 04:30 pm – 10:00 pm 

The temples are open every day from 6:00 AM to 10:00 PM. There is a four-hour break from 1:00 PM. Make sure to check the Bur Dubai Darshan and Aarti timings online before you head to these temples.  

Bur Dubai Contact Number

Celebrate important occasions such as weddings and naming ceremonies in the temples of Bur Dubai. You can book the events by contacting the office inside the temple. Pandits will be arranged for such occasions in advance for the necessary poojas.

The contact number of the Bur Dubai Temple office is +971-4-353-5334

How To reach?

The temples situated in Bur Dubai are easily accessible by car and public transportation. One can use the Al Fahidi metro station which is very close to the temple in Bur Dubai. It is at a walkable distance from the station. Once you reach the station, you may find it a bit difficult for finding the temple while navigating through narrow corridors. However, your job becomes easier if you find the Hindu stores there which will ultimately lead you to the temple.

Apart from the Hindu temples, there are also other religious places like the Grand Mosque and Sikh Gurudwara in Bur Dubai. Dubai’s multicultural diversity will instil the thought of one ultimate God in your mind. You may belong to any community, Dubai will always offer peace and tranquillity in all means. Make way to these temples in Bur Dubai and taste the spiritual side of the country. Head to the Pickyourtrail and start planning your trip to Dubai from India right away!

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