British Prime Minister Sunak and his wife Akshata prayed at the Akshardham temple. | Pro IQRA News

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New Delhi, Sep 10 (Language) UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and his wife Akshata Murthy offered prayers at the Akshardham temple here on Sunday.

Before the G20 leaders went to Rajghat to pay homage to Mahatma Gandhi, Sunak and his wife reached the Akshardham temple early in the morning, where they received a traditional welcome. During this time Sunak wore pants and shirt and his wife wore kurta and palazzo.

Senior officials and owners of the Akshardham temple welcomed the Sunak couple. Senior leaders of the temple also issued a special message from Mahant Swami Maharaj, the spiritual leader of Bachosanwasi Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS).

A BAPS statement said that during his visit to the temple, the British Prime Minister was given a tour of the Swaminarayan Akshardham, a 100-acre spiritual and cultural complex that reflects India’s traditions and ancient architecture and reflects the eternal Hindu values ​​of faith, devotion and harmony. Promotes spiritual message.

At the main temple complex, Sunak and his wife paid homage to holy images and admired the art and architecture.

The couple also performed Abhishekam of Shri Neelkanth Varni Maharaj and prayed for world peace, progress and harmony, the statement said.

Sunak was quoted as saying in the statement, “My wife and I were delighted to visit the Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple this morning. We were awed by the beauty of this temple and its universal message of peace, harmony and becoming a better person. It is not only a place of worship but also a historical place, reflecting India’s values, culture and its contribution to the world.

“Today we see the same values ​​and culture in the UK through the positive contributions the British-Indian community has made to our country,” he said.

Sunak said, “I am honored to receive the blessings of His Holiness Mahant Swami Maharaj this morning and to learn that very soon he will inaugurate another beautiful Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple in Robbinsville, USA. I wish him and all BAPS supporters all the best for this inauguration.

Senior Swami Brahmavihari Swami of the organization said it is an honor to welcome the British Prime Minister to Swaminarayan Akshardham and share Mahant Swami Maharaj’s message of peace, unity and public service with him.

He said that Britain’s relationship with India is based on a bond of friendship and is nurtured by the vibrant Indian diaspora community in the UK as well as cultural exchange.

Sunak spent about an hour in the temple doing ‘darshan-poojan’.

Sunak’s wife Akshata Murthy is the daughter of Narayan Murthy, founder of IT giant Infosys, and social worker and teacher Sudha Murthy.


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