British PM Sunak, wife spent 45 minutes at Akshardham temple, enquired about its architecture and history

NEW DELHI: UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and his spouse Akshata Murty spent 45 minutes on the Akshardham Temple right here on Sunday morning, providing prayers and studying about its structure and historical past, based on temple administration officers.
They reached the temple devoted to Swaminarayan, believed to be an incarnation of Lord Vishnu, early morning and walked barefoot from the reception space to the primary temple complicated — a distance of about 150 metres.
Sunak, who was wearing a crisp white shirt and navy blue trousers, and his spouse, who paired a beige kurta with a vibrant pink dupatta and free pants, had been accorded a standard welcome on the temple.
Sunak and his spouse spent about 45 minutes on the Akshardham temple and provided prayers. They had been gifted a marble elephant and a marble peacock apart from a particular reproduction of Akshardham, a senior temple administration official instructed PTI.
“It rained however Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and his spouse graciously provided prayers at our temple and it’s a matter of nice honour for us to have hosted them at this revered temple,” he stated.
A trustee of the BAPS Swaminarayan Belief, UK and a volunteer from the Neasden temple in London accompanied Sunak and his spouse throughout their go to, stated one other temple administration official who was a part of the reception workforce.
“Prime Minister Sunak and his spouse Akshata Murty walked barefoot within the temple premises even in wet climate. From the reception space to the primary temple complicated, there’s a distance of about 150 metres and each of them walked barefoot forwards and backwards,” the official instructed PTI.
They first provided flower petals (pushparpan) to the golden idol of Swaminarayan ji after which provided ‘aarti’, he stated.
“Additionally they provided flower petals to idols of Sita-Ram, Radha-Krishna, Laxmi Narayana and Shiva-Parvati within the temple complicated. The UK PM enquired in regards to the structure of the temple and its historical past,” the official stated.
He additionally noticed among the sanctified objects that belonged to Swaminarayan ji, corresponding to sneakers and a garland, the official added.
After the go to, Sunak joined the G20 leaders to pay tributes to Mahatma Gandhi at his memorial Rajghat.
Sunak and different world leaders have gathered in Delhi to attend the two-day G20 Summit that started on Saturday.

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