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From making daal-roti to serving meal: WATCH Modi’s day out at Sikh shrine

The visit at Takhat Sri Harimandir Ji Patna Sahib in the eastern Indian state of Bihar came weeks ahead of the general elections in the Punjab state.

Indian prime minister Narendra Modi serves ‘langar’ (community meal) during a visit to the Gurudwara Patna Sahib, in Patna in the eastern Indian state of Bihar on May 13, 2024. (PTI Photo) (IMAGE VIA PMO)

By: Shubham Ghosh

INDIAN prime minister Narendra Modi on Monday (13) visited Takhat Sri Harimandir Ji Patna Sahib in Patna, capital of the eastern state of Bihar.

Modi reached the Takhat Sri Harimandir Ji Patna Sahib, one of the five Sikh takhts or spiritual centres, wearing a Sikh turban, and bowed his head in Darbar Sahib (central religious place) and also served ‘langar’ (community meal in Sikh tradition) to devotees at the Gurdwara.

“Prayed at Takhat Sri Harimandir Ji Patna Sahib this morning. Felt truly blessed to experience divinity, serenity and rich history of this sacred place. This Gurudwara has a close link with Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji. Our Government had the honour of marking his 350th Parkash Utsav in a grand manner. May the teachings of the Sikh Gurus continue to inspire and guide us all,” he wrote in a post on X immediately after the visit.

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Indian PM Narendra Modi at gurdwara in Patna, Bihar
Indian prime minister Narendra Modi pays obeisance at Takht Sri Patna Sahib Gurudwara, in Patna in the eastern state of Bihar on May 13, 2024. (ANI Photo)

“Sikhism is rooted in the principles of equality, justice and compassion. Central to Sikhism is seva. This morning in Patna, I also had the honour of taking part in seva as well. It was a very humbling and special experience,” Modi added.

Modi’s visit to the Sikh shrine came just weeks ahead of the national elections in the northern state of Punjab, dominated by the Sikhs.

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Indian PM Narendra Modi at gurdwara in Patna, Bihar
Indian prime minister Narendra Modi greets devotees after paying obeisance at Takht Sri Patna Sahib Gurudwara, in Patna in the eastern state of Bihar on May 13, 2024. (ANI Photo)

Former federal minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, who is seeking re-election from Patna Sahib Lok Sabha constituency on the ticket of Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party, was also present during the latter’s visit to the religious place. Bihar is also witnessing polling and Patna Sahib will also go to polls on June 1.

Indian PM Narendra Modi at gurdwara in Patna, Bihar
Indian PM Narendra Modi prepares roti (Indian bread) in a langar kitchen (community kitchen) during a visit to Takht Sri Patna Sahib Gurudwara to pay obeisance, in Patna in the eastern state of Bihar on May 13, 2024. (ANI Photo)

“It’s a historic day and a matter of pride for us … .Modi Ji is the first Prime Minister who visited Takhat Sri Harimandir Ji Patna Sahib,” Prasad told reporters after the PM’s visit.

Indian PM Narendra Modi at gurdwara in Patna, Bihar
Indian prime minister Narendra Modi pays obeisance at the Gurudwara Patna Sahib, in Patna in the eastern Indian state of Bihar on May 13, 2024. (PTI Photo) (IMAGE VIA PMO)
Indian PM Narendra Modi at gurdwara in Patna, Bihar
Indian prime minister Narendra Modi being presented with a portrait of Mata Gujri Ji, mother of tenth Guru Gobind Singh, by Sikh women during his visit to Takht Sri Patna Sahib Gurudwara to pay obeisance, in Patna in the eastern state of Bihar on May 13, 2024. (ANI Photo)

“Modi Ji cooked food at the Gurdwara, baked rotis and served the community kitchen (langar) to people with his own hands,” Prasad said.

The construction of Takhat Sri Patna Sahib, also known as Takhat Sri Harimandir Ji, Patna Sahib, was commissioned by Maharaja Ranjit Singh in the 18th century to mark the birthplace of Guru Gobind Singh, the tenth Sikh guru who was born in Patna, in 1666.

Indian PM Narendra Modi at gurdwara in Patna, Bihar
Indian prime minister Narendra Modi prepares daal (lentil curry) in a Langar kitchen (community kitchen) during his visit to Takht Sri Patna Sahib Gurudwara to pay obeisance, in Patna in the eastern state of Bihar on May 13, 2024. (ANI Photo)
Indian PM Narendra Modi at gurdwara in Patna, Bihar
Indian prime minister Narendra Modi meets devotees during his visit to Takht Sri Patna Sahib Gurudwara in Patna in the eastern state of Bihar on May 13, 2024. (ANI Photo)

He also spent his early years here before moving to Anandpur Sahib.

(With PTI inputs)

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