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Canadian PM offers prayers at Sikh shrine in Punjab

IANS  Anandpur Sahib (Punjab), November 07, 2012
First Published: 19:24 IST(7/11/2012) | Last Updated: 20:14 IST(7/11/2012)

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper on Wednesday offered prayers at Takht Keshgarh Sahib here during his one-day visit to Punjab and Chandigarh.

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Accompanied by his wife Laureen and a delegation of around 50 people, Harper, dressed in a dark suit and wearing a head-scarf, remained inside the Sikh shrine for nearly 10 minutes.

The shrine, the second most important Sikh shrine after the Golden Temple (in Amritsar) and located 80 km from Chandigarh, is famous as the birthplace of the 'Khalsa Panth', the modern-day Sikh religion.

Harper visited the Golden Temple in 2009.

It was at Anandpur Sahib on April 13, 1699, that the tenth Sikh master, Guru Gobind Singh, baptised the first five Sikhs (Panj Piaras) and founded the Khalsa.

Harper arrived here in an Indian Air Force helicopter from Chandigarh.

The Canadian prime minister later visited the 'Virasat-e-Khalsa' complex, the Sikh heritage museum, near the shrine.

Harper, who arrived in Chandigarh on Wednesday afternoon from New Delhi, was received at the Chandigarh airport by Punjab governor Shivraj Patil and Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal.

Badal was present with Harper during the visit to the shrine here.

Harper is set to leave for Bangalore  on Thursday.

He asked the gathering to must watch the movie releasing on Diwali as the city is emotionally attached with Yash Chopra and they should reach theatres to watch his last masterpiece.

He wished all the students to get a successful career ahead. It was a dream come true for all the youngsters at the Doaba College to see all the three stars of Yash Chopra’s production romantic flick ‘Jab Tak Hai Jaan’. The moment he entered the venue, the students started shouting and stepping out of the barriers just to see and say hello to Shahrukh Khan.

The photographers were pushing each other in their bid to capture Shahrukh Khan, Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma from different angles.

Calming the crowd, Shahrukh requested everyone to make decorum so that he can talk to the crowd for more time.

Chander Mohan, president, college managing committee presented a memorable photograph of Yash Chopra clicked at a college function to Shahrukh to give it to Pamela Chopra, wife of late Yash Chopra.

After a 20 minutes stay in the college, the team of Jab Tak Hai Jaan also visited the office of Punjabi newspaper, Ajit.

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