On Monday 10 April PM Narendra Modi and PM Malcolm Turnbull arrived at 4.24 p.m. at Swaminarayan Akshardham, New Delhi, and toured the cultural complex till 5.25 p.m. They were welcomed with garlands by BAPS sadhus on behalf of HH Mahant Swami Maharaj.
Both dignitaries visited the main Akshardham Mandir and paid respects to Bhagwan Swaminarayan by offering flowers. Thereafter, they saw the Gajendra Pithika outside the main mandir. They also offered abhishek to the murti of Nilkanth Varni and prayed for world peace and for cordial bilateral relations between the two countries.
Mr Turnbull was also informed about the environment friendly aspects of Akshardham and that the entire 100 acre cultural complex was inspired by Pramukh Swami Maharaj and accomplished in five years.
Both the Prime Ministers also visited the 14-minute boatride exhibition called Sanskruti Vihar, which showcases 10,000 years of India’s glorious culture in a nutshell. Mr Turnbull was fascinated by the cultural history and contributions of India shown in the boatride exhibition. Finally, PM Malcolm Turnbull wrote in the visitor’s book, “This has been a very special insight into India’s history, but above all its future. Thank you so much PM Modi.”
The dignitaries departed at 5.25 p.m.