Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his family on day 4 of their week-long visit to India, touched down to Amritsar for a visit to the famous Sri Harmandir Sahib, informally referred to as Golden Temple. The devotional place offers spirituality, peacefulness and the overwhelmingly welcome people. The essence of Sikhism is completely reflected in the atmosphere and tone of the Golden Temple. Justin Trudeau wore an off-white kurta-pajama and covered the head with a saffron headscarf, he entered the Golden Temple complex with wife Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, who wore a turquoise kurta, and their children also dressed in traditional Punjabi outfits. They were accompanied by Punjab Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu and Minister of State Hardeep Singh Puri, Canada’s Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan and other Canadian officials.
After offering prayers inside the temple, the Trudeaus attended the traditional langar or community meal and performed kar seva at the Guru Ram Das Jee Langar hall, Golden Temple’s community kitchen. The prime minister and his family also tried rolling out rotis at the langar hall, where devotees do voluntary kitchen work for feeding visitors. They got the first-hand experience of making rotis guided by celebrity chef Vikas Khanna, who is originally from Amritsar. The Michelin-starred chef posted a heartening image on social media that shows Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie Trudeau trying their hands at making rotis with their children Xavier James and Ella-Grace Margaret looking on. “Teaching the beloved Trudeau family to roll Breads at The Holy Golden Temple. The same place where I learnt to cook,” the chef wrote. (Also Read: Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan Meet Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Celebrate Stronger Ties)
Vikas Khanna took to Instagram:
The Canadian PM also shared a post, he was honored to be so well received in such a beautiful place.
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The Canadian Prime Minister was presented with a 24-carat gold-plated portrait of the shrine, a gold-plated Siri Sahib, a small six-inch sword along with a siropa, robe of honor and a shawl by the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee. Trudeau left a comment in the Golden Temple visitors book. He wrote, “What an honor to be so well received at such a beautiful, meaningful place. We are filled with grace and humility.”