Most of India did not give Justin Trudeau the respect he deserved but Punjab was the exception. Sikhs welcomed the PM of Canada with open hearts and made the highlight of the PM’s visit to India.
According to historians, Justin Trudeau is the first non-Sikh person to ever be greeted with Jaikare at Sri Darbar Sahib. Usually, prominent Sikh personalities who’ve contributed immensely to the Khalsa Panth get honored with Jaikare but this time it was the Canadian PM.
As Justin Trudeau entered the complex cries of “Bolay So Nihaal, Sat Sri Akal,” translates to “Whosoever speaks is enlightened, God is timeless.”
Before Justin Trudeau entered through the clock tower towards the steps onto Parkarma of Sri Darbar Sahib, Singhs were shouting the Jaikara “Bole So Nihal! Sat Sri Akal !” Justin Trudeau looked over with much excitement and folded his hands to thank them for their warm welcome. Justin Trudeau then proceeded and throughout the Parkarma where he was greeted with Jaikaras. The Jaikaras around the Parkarma for a non-Sikh were never heard before and throughout the parkarma had not been heard for a very long time.
Justin Trudeau acknowledged the Jaikara with folded hands and greeted everyone. He was delighted and humbled at the great response from Sikhs. The Trudeau family was dressed in traditional family wear and wore a kesri hand patka.
In a Facebook post, Justin Trudeau said he would never forget the experience at Sri Harmandir Sahib.
“Sri Harmandir Sahib, known as the Golden Temple. Sacred to Sikhs and open to everyone. I don’t think I will ever forget this. Our cabinet ministers, MPs, Sophie and I were profoundly honoured by the welcome & hospitality today.” Justin Trudeau
Jaikaras can be heard in this video:
“What an honour to be so well received at such a beautiful, meaningful place. We are filled with grace and humility,” he wrote on the visitor’s book of the Sikh shrine.
“This is a matter of pride for Punjab as well as Sikhs that the PM of a powerful country loved to visit here. A warm welcome was on expected lines as Canada has close connection with Punjabis,” said Mahabir Singh, a devotee.
“Before paying obeisance at the sanctum sanctorum, the Trudeau couple offered parshad to the devotees while uterring ‘Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa-Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh’,” said SGPC chief secretary Roop Singh.
At One point, Justin Trudeau broke the human chain to say ‘Waheguru ji ka Khalsa, Waheguru ji ki fateh’ to the devotees eagerly wanting to meet him.
Thousands of Sikhs around the complex responded to the Jaikara and the excitement to see the Canadian PM can be felt with the wonderful atmosphere.
Justin Trudeau and his family toured around Sri Darbar Sahib and took in the spirituality. He also did sewa at the Guru Ram Das Sahib Langar hall. Justin Trudeau stated that he would work with India and particularly with Punjab in the future. He was delighted to see the tremendous hospitality of the Sikhs and with hands folded thanked the people around the parikarma of Sri Harmandir Sahib.
Punjabis welcome the Canadian PM with open arms and went over and above in the grand welcome. People lined up the road from the airport to the Sri Amritsar Sahib and held signs along the whole way to welcome the PM to the state.
He was presented with custom made gifts of a kirpan and a replica model of Sri Darbar Sahib.
Journalist and now AAP MLA welcomed the Canadian PM:
People of punjab in india are indebted to canada For its warmth. We welcome Justin Trudeau to Amritsar with open arms.#CanadaInIndia
— Kanwar Sandhu (@SandhuKanwar) February 21, 2018
Khalsa Aid CEO welcomed PM Trudeau:
Great to see @JustinTrudeau visit Harmandir Sahib (Golden Temple ) in Amritsar earlier today. Panjab needs good friends like Mr Trudeau . God bless you & your family Mr Trudeau ! You're always welcome to our beautiful Panjab. @HarjitSajjan pic.twitter.com/asyDNQ8oPE
— ravinder singh (@RaviSinghKA) February 21, 2018
Numerous billboards were seen throughout the highway from the airport to Sri Darbar Sahib:
— Jessica Taneja (@JessicaTaneja) February 21, 2018
Justin Trudeau’s personal note on the Sri Darbar Sahib guestbook:
Justin Trudeau took the time to meet with some of the sangat at Sri Darbar Sahib and everyone was excited to see him.
Justin Trudeau recognized Bibi Harjot Kaur Khalsa and she was allowed to cross the security to meet him.
Humility of the Trudeau family could be sen from them trying to make Parshade at the Guru Ram Das Langar Hall.
Justin Trudeau and his family with folded hands respected the Sikh religion in their most holiest shrine.