Canadian PM Trudeau, family pay obeisance at Golden temple wearing traditional Punjabi clothes

Trudeau and his family landed at the Sri Guru Ram Dass Jee International Airport here from Mumbai and headed straight for the shrine to offer prayers.

Published: 21st February 2018 02:05 PM  |   Last Updated: 21st February 2018 07:52 PM   |  A+A-

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau along with his wife and children arrives at Amritsar's Golden Temple. (Photo | ANI)

Express News Service

CHANDIGARH: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau who was in a white kurta-pyjama and saffron-coloured cloth covering his head today offered prayers at the Golden Temple in Amritsar where he was presented with a traditional robe of honour.

In a hour long visit to the holy shrine he along with by his wife, Sophie Gregoire Trudeau who was wearing  a punjabi suit and two of his three children (Ella-Grace, Xavier and Hadrien) who were also clad in traditional Punjabi outfits prayed at the sanctum sanctorum. They were given a 'siropa' (robe of honour) inside the shrine.

Trudeau and his family greeted devotees with folded hands and also tried rolling out rotis at the Guru Ram Das Jee Langar hall in the Golden Temple Complex, where  devotees do voluntary kitchen work for feeding visitors. They also took a round or 'parikarma' of the temple. The devotees were clicking photos of the PM and his family from their mobile phone. The Canadian security officials and Punjab Police officials in plain clothes and SGPC task force formed a security ring around the PM’s family as they had hard time controlling the crowd.

A red carpet was laid out for the visiting dignitaries Trudeau along with a delegation of his ministers and MPs by the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee at the Golden temple complex. As they straight drove from the Amritsar international airport.

Trudeau also wrote in the visitor's book at the temple.

Besides the golden temple they also visited the Partition Museum in the city.

Trudeau was accompanied by his defence minister Harjit Sajjan. Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri and Punjab Cultural Affairs and Tourism Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu also accompanied the Canadian PM at the Golden Temple. Shiromani Akali Dal President Sukhbir Singh Badal and Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee presidentGobind Singh Longowal welcomed the visiting PM at the Golden Temple.

Tight security arrangements were in place for Trudeau visit as 1,600 police personnel besides a SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) team was deployed in the holy city for his visit. Senior police officials including DIGs and SSPs were on duty.

Sikhs constitute a large segment of people of Indian origin settled in Canada. His visit to Punjab had triggered a controversy over reported links between key members of his cabinet and Sikh separatists.


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