PM Justin Trudeau visited Sri Darbar Sahib and was very warmly greeted. Punjab Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu and Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri received him at the airport.
As Justin Trudeau entered the complex cries of “Bolay So Nihaal, Sat Sri Akal,” translates to “Whosoever speaks is enlightened, God is timeless.”
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.
Younger son wants a replica of Sri Darbar Sahib
A gold plated replica of Sri Harmandir Sahib was given to the Trudeau family, a bigger one to the PM and smaller ones to the kids. The youngest son didn’t get one and that’s when PM Trudeau requested one for him also.
The kids were given books on the Chaar Sahibzaade and literature related to Sikh history.
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.
Justin Trudeau’s personal note on the Sri Darbar Sahib guestbook: