President Kovind pays obeisance at Golden Temple

Kovind also visited the Information Centre of the Golden Temple where he was honoured by SGPC president Kirpal Singh Badungar with a shawl, a set of Sikh religious books and a replica of the temple

punjab Updated: Nov 16, 2017 18:21 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Amritsar
President Kovind,President Ram Nath Kovind,Golden Temple
President Ram Nath Kovind with Punjab governor VP Singh Badnore and Union minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal at the GoldenTemple in Amritsar.(Sameer Sehgal/HT)

President Ram Nath Kovind, who is on his maiden visit to the state after assuming office, paid obeisance at the Golden Temple here on Thursday.

With his head covered with a white handkerchief, the President walked around the ‘parikarma’ of the shrine complex and went to the Guru Ram Das Langar Hall, which has the largest community kitchen in the world, before entering the sanctum sanctorum to offer prayers.

After reaching the Golden Temple, he was received by SAD president and former deputy chief minister of Punjab Sukhbir Singh Badal and Union minister Harsimart Kaur Badal besides SGPC president Kirapal Singh Badungar. Punjab Governor V P Singh Badnore was also present with the president.

Penning down his feelings on visiting the temple complex in the visitor’s diary, the President said, “I was fortunate enough to get an opportunity to pay obeisance at the Darbar Sahib today.”

He added, “The power to eliminate all differences in Sikhism’s rich traditions of ‘pangat, sangat and langar’ was experienced by me. After watching devotees work here for everybody’s good, I feel proud of the humanitarian values of my countrymen.”

Kovind said, “I consider the divine experience that I felt here as blessings from the almighty and Guru Nanak Dev.”

He also took holy water from the ‘sarovar’ (holy tank).

Kovind also visited the Information Centre of the Golden Temple where he was honoured by SGPC president Kirpal Singh Badungar with a shawl, a set of Sikh religious books and a replica of the temple.

Later, he visited the historic Jallianwalla Bagh where he paid tributes to the martyrs who scarified their lives for the freedom of the nation besides paying obeisance before the ‘Amar Jyoti’.

He also paid obeisance at the Durgiana Temple here where he was honoured by the management committee of the temple.

The president earlier in the day presented the prestigious President’s Standard to the 223 Squadron and 117 Helicopter Unit of the Indian Air Force (IAF) during a ceremonial parade at the Adampur Air Force station.

(with agency inputs)

First Published: Nov 16, 2017 16:10 IST