G20 Summit: On the second day of the G20 Summit, Rishi Sunak, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, paid a visit to Delhi's Akshardham Temple on Sunday, accompanied by his wife, Akshata Murthy.
On September 8, Sunak had openly expressed his pride in his Hindu heritage and had eagerly anticipated this temple visit.
While on his visit, Sunak received a warm welcome from swamis and senior leaders representing the Akshardham Mandir.
They conveyed a special message from Mahant Swami Maharaj, the spiritual leader of the Bochasanwasi Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS).
The British Prime Minister was given an extensive tour of Swaminarayan Akshardham, a sprawling 100-acre spiritual and cultural complex.
This complex showcases the rich traditions and ancient architectural marvels of India while emphasizing the timeless Hindu spiritual values of faith, devotion, and harmony, as stated by BAPS.
Within the primary temple complex, both Sunak and his wife paid their respects to sacred images and marveled at the intricate art and architecture.
Sunak expressed his delight, stating, "My wife and I were truly delighted to visit Swaminarayan Akshardham for darshan and puja this morning. We were deeply impressed by the temple's breathtaking beauty and its universal message of peace, harmony, and personal growth. This place is not just a sanctuary for worship but also a symbol that reflects India's core values, culture, and global contributions."
Earlier on September 9, Prime Minister Narendra Modi engaged in a bilateral meeting with his UK counterpart during the G20 Summit, which was hosted in the national capital during India's presidency.
This significant meeting took place at 'Bharat Mandapam,' located within Pragati Maidan, the designated Summit venue.
Furthermore, both leaders actively participated in the first session of the G20 Summit, themed 'One Earth.'
During this session, Rishi Sunak emphasized the world's expectations from the G20 to provide effective leadership during these times of substantial challenges.
He expressed his confidence in the collective ability of the global leaders to tackle these challenges together.