Charles, Camilla visit Anandpur Sahib
Winding up their two-day visit to Punjab, heir to the British throne, Prince Charles and his wife Camilla Parker, on Tuesday paid obeisance at the Anandpur Sahib Gurudwara, the most important Sikh shrine after the Golden temple in Amritsar.
Wearing a red scarf on his head as a mark of respect, the 58-year-old prince and Camilla, whose head was covered with a white cloth, bowed and offered prayers inside the Takht Keshgarh Sahab shrine.
Takht Keshgarh Sahab Jathedar Giani Tarlochan Singh presented the pair with a sword and a shawl after which the couple watched a traditional martial arts performance at the temple, which dates back to 17th century.
Attired in the blackish gray suit with his wife in an off white dress, the prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwal, gave away their offerings in a white envelope and accepted prasad in the shrine where the 10th Guru Gobind Singh had formed the Khalsa panth 306 years ago.
Eager to the minutest details about the shrine and its importance, the duo poured a number of questions on the SGPC chief Avtar Singh who took them around. The royal couple was accompanied by Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh.
To a question on the issue of turban ban in France and the return of weapons of Guru Gobind Singh and a chair and weapons of Maharaja Ranjit Singh in Britain, the prince gave positive response, Avtar told reporters later.
Amid a large number of security personnel, deployed in and around the shrine, where the usual flow of pilgrims was stopped for about half-an-hour, they were also shown the arms of Guru Gobind Singh on display in the shrine. The Indian media was not allowed inside the shrine.