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Special prayers for Prime Minister

delhi Updated: Jan 25, 2009 09:24 IST

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People from all walks of life on Saturday joined special prayers offered in religious places across the country for the speedy recovery of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who underwent a coronary bypass surgery.

At the Golden temple in Amritsar, head priest Gyani Jaswinder Singh led the prayers which were attended by Prime Minister's brother Surjit Singh Kohli while a special puja was organised at Kamakhya temple in Guwahati for 76-year-old Singh, who is a Rajya Sabha MP from Assam.

"We are also aware that millions of our countrymen and Punjabis all over the world are praying for his good health," Kohli said.

Other shrines in Delhi, UP, Kolkata, Amritsar and Guwahati also saw special prayers for Singh, whose surgery lasted nearly 11 hours at AIIMS in New Delhi.

"All citizens of Guwahati irrespective of their faiths are praying for Prime Minister's health. We pray to God that he recovers soon and resumes office," a priest, leading special prayers in the Gurudwara, said.

The Prime Minister's sisters -- Naveen Kaur and Preetam Kaur -- also joined a mass prayer at a gurudwara in Kolkata.

In Kanpur, prayers were held at the Mata Vaibhav temple and organisers said they have lighted 'akhand jyoti' (holy flame) which will continue till the Prime Minister recovers fully.

Prominent leaders, including chief ministers also wished for early recovery of Singh.