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I felt blessed, says Prime Minister Modi after Rakab Ganj gurdwara’s visit | India News

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Gurdwara Rakab Ganj on Sunday where Guru Teg Bahadur was cremated in what many saw as an overture for protesting farmers, an overwhelming majority of whom are Sikhs from Punjab.
“This morning, I prayed at the historic Gurdwara Rakab Ganj Sahib, where the pious body of Sri Guru Teg Bahadur Ji was cremated. I felt extremely blessed. I, like millions around the world, am deeply inspired by the kindness of Sri Guru Teg Bahadur Ji, ”Modi tweeted after visiting the shrine and also shared photos with the devotees present at the gurdwara during his 20-minute stay there. The prime minister also shared details of his visit to Gurmukhi.

The surprise visit to the historic gurdwara came in the context of Akali Dal’s accusation that BJP was trying to create a divide between Hindus and Sikhs and was widely interpreted as a message of reassurance for the latter. However, this was not the first time the prime minister showed his reverence to the ninth guru of the Sikhs, who is considered by many to be a symbol of Hindu-Sikh unity and whose 400th birthday is celebrated this year. The prime minister also spoke about the important event in his ‘Mann ki Baat’ speech. On Saturday, which turned out to be the Guru’s birthday, he tweeted to mark the occasion.

Earlier this month, Modi invoked Guru Nanak, the founder of the Sikh faith, at the ‘bhumi pujan’ ceremony for the new Parliament building. Guru Teg Bahadur was beheaded by order of Aurangzeb when he confronted the Mughal emperor against the forcible conversion of Hindus in Kashmir.
Gurdwara’s visit came amid an outreach to farmers across the country and was interpreted by BJP circles as amplifying the perception that the government remains interested in involving farmers.

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