British dignitary at Golden Temple...

February 20, 2013 14:49
British dignitary at Golden Temple...

On Wednesday, British Prime Minister David Cameron reached the Golden Temple at about 9:50 a.m. and spend nearly an hour inside while he paid homage at the holiest shrine of Sikh religion Golden Temple inside the sanctum sanctorum at 10:25 a.m. where he was presented a robe of honour. The whole event was followed by amid tight security arrangements.

Mr. Cameron who was in a dark suit and a tie with head covered with a blue-coloured cloth,was presented a robe of honour inside the sanctum sanctorum of Harmandir Sahib, popularly known as the Golden Temple while he also mingled with a couple of devotees and chatted with them for a brief period as Gurbani played in the backdrop.

To say more, Mr. Cameron was accompanied inside the temple by Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, who earlier received the British dignitary at the Sri Guru Ram Dasji International Airport, Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC) President Avtar Singh Makkar, among others.

As a matter of fact, this is the first visit by a high-profile British dignitary to Amritsar after 1997, when Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, had visited the holy City.

Before paying homage by bowing his head inside the sanctum sanctorum, the British leader was taken around the Temple by officials of the SGPC, apex religious body of the Sikhs, and was also shown Shri Guru Ram Dass Langar Hall. Mr Cameron was known to have scheduled to visit the historic Jallianwala Bagh, which is located close to the Temple.

This one set as an example for saying that God is one and same for all, it's just the faith that makes the difference!

(AW:Samrat Biswas)

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