Trudeau visits Akshardham temple, Sabarmati Ashram
Gandhinagar: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his family today offered prayers at the Swaminarayan Akshardham temple here and visited the Sabarmati Ashram as part of their day-long visit to Gujarat.
The family travelled straight to Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad after arriving here this morning.
Trudeau, accompanied by his wife Sophie and their three children, visited Hriday Kunj, the place where Mahatma Gandhi lived and from where he ran the non-violence movement.
Dressed in traditional Indian clothes, they also tried their hand at Mahatma Gandhi's spinning wheel.
Canada's first family also spent nearly half an hour at the Akshardham temple here and offered flowers to the deity.
"What an extraordinary place of peace. Thank you for sharing with me, with my family, with the world," Trudeau wrote in the visitors' book at the temple.
"In oneness. Shanti," wrote his wife Sophie Trudeau.
They then walked through the exhibition hall where the life and times of the head of the BAPS Swaminarayan sect, Pramukh Swami Maharaj, is depicted in audio-visual presentations.