Modi inaugurates temple renovation project in Bahrain

Narendra Modi, Bahrain temple, Shreenathji temple, Manama

Manama - Modi visited UAE and Bahrain before flying back to France for the G7 summit.


Anjana Sankar

Published: Sun 25 Aug 2019, 1:47 PM

Last updated: Mon 26 Aug 2019, 8:30 AM

Visiting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated a 1.6 million Bahraini dinar renovation project of the oldest Hindu temple in Bahrain on Sunday.

Modi ended his three-day Gulf visit and flew back to France on Sunday morning to attend the G7 summit in Biarritz.

The Indian PM offered prayers at the Shreenathji temple in Manama on Sunday morning and also interacted with the Indian community members.

Hina Gajria from the temple management committee told Khaleej Times that the temple renovation is important for the Indian community. "It is an ancient temple. This year in March, we celebrated the 200th anniversary of the temple, which was established by the Bhatia community of Bahrain."

"Now with the increase in the number of devotees, we have decided we would like to have it renovated. The deity will remain the same and we will develop the complex around the temple so that there is more space for worship," said Gajari.

On Saturday night, Modi addressed a 20,000-strong gathering of the Indian community at the National Stadium where he spoke at length about his government's development schemes.

During the visit, the prestigious 'The King Hamad Order of the Renaissance' was conferred on Modi.

"I feel very honoured and fortunate to be awarded The King Hamad Order of the Renaissance. I am equally honoured by His Majesty's friendship for me and for my country. I humbly accept this prestigious honour on behalf of 1.3 billion Indians," Modi said receiving the award.

"It is an honour for entire India. This is a symbol of the close and friendly relations between the Kingdom of Bahrain and India," he added.

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