The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, visited the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Toronto on Sunday, October 13, 2019. This was the Prime Minister’s third visit to this Mandir and second visit as Prime Minister.
Children greeted the Prime Minister and dignitaries in traditional Hindu manner with auspicious marks of welcome and goodwill. Prime Minister Trudeau first did darshan of the Murtis in the Mandir and offered flowers at the central shrine of Bhagwan Swaminarayan and Gunatitanand Swami. During this time, children recited prayers for peace in Canada and the world. They also prayed for the continued progress and happiness of all Canadians.
After that, Prime Minister Trudeau briefly attended the Sharad Purnima assembly where Pujya Akshaymunidas Swami and Pujya Gunsagardas Swami formally welcomed him. Addressing the congregation, the Prime Minister said, “I was here for the 10th anniversary of this Mandir with His Holiness Mahant Swami Maharaj, an extraordinary moment not just for this community, but for Hindus across the country. Whether it is walkathons or charity galas, this congregation makes Canada and Toronto stronger. In India, I had the honour to visit the Swaminarayan Akshardham and celebrate the ties between our two countries. Thank you again for welcoming me today.”
Other dignitaries and guests included Hon. Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport; Hon. John McKay, Member of Parliament for Scarborough-Guildwood; Mr. Ramesh Sangha, Member of Parliament for Brampton Centre and Ms. Sonia Sidhu, Member of Parliament for Brampton South. The Prime Minister departed from the Mandir after meeting children and devotees and appreciated their spirit of volunteerism.