Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s first visit to the Golden Temple as a Prime Minister, accompanied by Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani has become the most talked-about event of the day. His visit went beyond viral when the Prime Minister was seen serving ‘langar’ to the devotees at the Sikh’s holy shrine later this evening.
Earlier today, Modi arrived in Amritsar to attend the 6th edition of Heart of Asia-Istanbul conference along with Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani. However, he made a surprise visit to the langar hall of the Golden Temple, where he was seen serving food, kneeling and bowing five times in fornt of the Sikh Holy Book and was later honoured with a siropa.
Prior to his visit at the langar hall, PM Modi,wearing a wollen cap, moved around the sarvoar’s parikrama which is around a kilometre-and-half long. The devotees, standing in queues, were surprised by PM’s surprise visit and gathered around him clicking pictures and requesting for selfies and the PM too obliged some of them.
The Prime Minister also went the new-look streets before visiting the Golden Temple. The street showcase Sikh history with statues and the very famous 16th century-Nanakshaki bricks. While entering into the temple, Modi also wrote a remark in the visitor’s book in Gujarati which read, “Guru bhoomi ko shat shat pranam.”
As per the Sikh religious norms that does not allow the police or weapons inside the Golden Temple premises since 1984, prime minister’s security personnels formed a human chain to escort him inside the temple.
Apart from Ghani, Modi was also accompanied by Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal, his son and deputy chief minister Sukhbir Badal and daughter in law Harsirmat Kaur Badal.