UK PM Rishi Sunak, wife Akshata Murty offer prayers at Akshardham temple | See PICS
Rishi Sunak at Akshardham Temple: United Kingdom (UK) Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and his wife Akshata Murty offered prayers at Akshardham Temple on Sunday morning.
They spent about 40 minutes in the temple grounds. According to Akshardham Temple official Jyotindra Dave, Sunak personally visited each statue and performed an aarti.
Sunak also talked with the saints in the temple, and they were pleased with their visit. Sunak was given a tour of the Swaminarayan Akshardham temple during his visit.
Prior to the couple's visit to the famous temple, security surrounding the temple grounds was tightened. The Delhi Traffic Police had also issued advisories regarding Sunak's visit to the Akshardham Temple. Controlled Zone 2 was implemented by the Delhi Traffic Police on Sunday, and buses will no longer operate on the Ring Road between ISBT Kashmere Gate and Sarai Kale Khan.
On Saturday, Rishi Sunak expressed his hope that he will find time to visit a temple, here in India, during his stay for the G20 Summit.
“I am a proud Hindu. That’s how I was raised, that’s how I am. Hopefully, I can visit the Mandir while I am here for the next couple of days. We just had Rakshabandhan, so from my sister and my cousin, I have all my Rakhis,” the UK PM said.
“I didn’t have time to celebrate Janmashtami. But hopefully, as I said I can make up for that if we visit a Mandir this time."
Meanwhile, on the second and final day of the G20 Summit in Delhi, Rishi Sunak announced a record climate aid commitment.
"The UK will provide $2 billion to the Green Climate Fund which is the biggest single funding commitment the UK has made to help the world tackle climate change. The UK will contribute £1.62 billion ($2 billion) to the Green Climate Fund (GCF), which was established by 194 countries following the Copenhagen Accord at COP15," the British High Commission in India announced.
- PTC NEWS