PM Trudeau goes 'desi' at BAPS mandir's 10th anniversary celebrations

| Updated: Aug 23, 2017 11:20 IST

Toronto [Canada], July. 23 (ANI): Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attended the 10th anniversary of the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Toronto on Sunday, and hailed the temple as an architectural masterpiece and a place for communal harmony. Looking dapper in a traditional blue Indian kurta and pajama, complete with a flower garland around his neck, the Prime Minister immersed himself in the rituals and celebrations. <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">The BAPS Mandir is more than an architectural masterpiece - It's truly a place for community. Happy 10th anniversary! <a href="">#bapstoronto10</a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) <a href="">July 23, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//" charset="utf-8"></script> The celebrations were also attended by former Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson and current Indian ambassador to Canada, Vikas Swarup. His Holiness Mahant Swami Maharaj received a key to the City of Toronto from Mayor John Tory Saturday evening. "I am honoured to recognize his Holiness' global and Toronto-based humanitarian, charitable, and community-building efforts through BAPS Charities Canada. His Holiness' great contributions have enriched Toronto," Mayor Tory said in a statement. Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS) is a socio-spiritual Hindu organization with its roots in the Vedas. According to its website, its universal work through a worldwide network of over 3,850 centers has received many national and international awards and affiliation with the United Nations. (ANI)