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PTI abudhabi India
Updated: 19-11-2018 14:20 IST

Spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi

Shankar has visited the UAE's largest mosque Sheikh Zayed

Grand Mosque whose marble pillars have been designed by Indian

artisans believed to have worked for the Taj Mahal.

Sri Sri, who was on four-day visit to the UAE,

visited the mosque on Sunday and hailed its beauty and "good


Director-General of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

Centre (SZGMC) Yousef Al Obaidly briefed the Art of Living

(AOL) founder about the Indian connection of the mosque.

The SZGMC director explained to Sri Sri that the white

marble pillars, inlaid with floral patterns in the mosque,

were inspired and done by the descendants of skilled families

from India who are believed to have done similar art work in

the Taj Mahal, Art of Living (AOL) officials said.

The mosque is third largest in the world after the

ones in Mecca and Madina in Saudi Arabia. It is named after

the founder and first President of the UAE, the late Sheikh

Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. The mosque can accommodate around

40,000 people. Artisans and materials for its construction

came from many countries including India.

"Very beautiful place with very good vibrations. With

love and blessings," Sri Sri wrote in the visitors' book at

the mosque.

Al Obaidly said the warm reception accorded to the

Indian spiritual leader at the mosque was part of a mission to

foster social connections between followers of all religions.

Indian Ambassador to the UAE Navdeep Singh Suri,

business giant B R Shetty and south Indian super star Mohanlal

joined UAE's minister of Culture, Youth and Social Development

Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan in welcoming Sri Sri.

He visited the country on an invitation from ruler of

Fujairah Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi. Sri Sri meditated with

thousands of people including women and children for world

peace in Fujairah, one of the seven emirates in the UAE.

He also held a meditation session in Sharjah and

imparted lessons on how to lead a stress-free life to nearly

5,000 migrant workers from 20 countries, including Pakistan.

His two-day discourse- 'Unveiling Infinity', based on

the rare Kashmiri scripture 'Vigyan Bhairav' was attended by a

large gathering, including women members from the royal family

of the UAE, at the Dubai World Trade Center.

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)