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PM Modi in Vancouver; offers prayers at Gurudwara Khalsa Diwan, Laxmi Narayan Temple

India TV News Desk 17 Apr 2015, 15:20:54 PM IST
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Vancouver: Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with Canadian counterpart Stephen Harper visited Gurudwara Khalsa Diwan and Laxmi Narayan Temple in Vancouver today morning. 

He offered prayers at Gurdudwara Khalsa Diwan. The members of Indian community were present inside the Gurudwara premises. Modi and Harper together bowed down and offered prayers.

The two also visited the Laxmi Narayan Temple. 

Modi while addressing supporters at the Temple, counted the achievements of his government. He also thanked people for giving him a warm welcome. 

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"Best wishes from 1.2 billion Indians to the 1.2 million Indians in Canada. Here in Canada you know what is happening in India, I don't need to tell you. Somewhat like watching a match on TV better than from stadium," he said.

He emphasised the need for working for humanity as he highlighted how Sikhs had set examples in giving sacrifices. He also talked about the need for working for humanity through Hinduism.

"The Supreme Court in India has given a nice definition to 'Hindu dharam'...The Supreme Court has said that Hindu dharam is not a religion but a way of life...I believe the SC's definition shows the way," Modi said.

He said Hindu religion has worked for the benefit of nature, including wildlife, through the scientific way of life. "This can show a way out of small problems of life," Modi said.

The Prime Minister also referred to the UN declaring June 21 as International Yoga day with a record co-sponsorship last year, 125 days after he made a suggestion in this regard in the world body.

He asked Indian diaspora to spread the message about yoga for the benefit of humanity.

He highlighted the role of Indian-origin Canadians in developing bilateral relations at both the religious places.

He will return back to India early in the morning on Saturday.

Earlier while leaving from Toronto, Modi tweeted "Leaving for Vancouver, which is the final leg of my Canada visit. Will offer prayers at Gurudwara Khalsa Diwan and Laxmi Narain Temple there."

Before this, Modi visited the memorial in Toronto for the victims of Air India Flight 182 that was bombed in 1985 killing all 329 on board.