PM Modi serves langar at Golden Temple

The shrine's main dining hall is the 24-hour community kitchen where an estimated 100,000 devotees are fed traditional meals on peak days.

PM Modi serves langar at Golden Temple

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday night served food to devotees at the Golden Temple in Amritsar. He has become the first Prime Minister to serve the community kitchen, or langar, at the holiest of Sikh shrines.

Modi, in this visit, which is also his first to the shrine, was accompanied by Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani. The visit came on the sidelines of the 6th Heart Of Asia-Istanbul conference on Afghanistan.


Gurbachan Singh, Chief Information Officer at the shrine, said: "Modi is the first prime Minister who served the devotees in the Golden Temple."

According to ANI report, Gurbachan Singh said though almost every Indian Prime Minister has visited the Harmandar Sahib, the sanctum sanctorum, to pay obeisance and offer prayers, none had so far participated in the distribution of food in the community kitchen.

On Saturday night, when Modi entered the dining hall, "he suddenly started serving the devotees", Gurbachan Singh said.

The shrine's main dining hall is the 24-hour community kitchen where an estimated 100,000 devotees are fed traditional meals on peak days.


The official remembered that almost all former Prime Ministers visited the temple. Indira Gandhi, V.P. Singh, Chandra Shekhar, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, H.D. Deve Gowda, Inder Kumar Gujral and Manmohan Singh, to name a few, he recalled.

"In fact, Manmohan Singh visited the Golden Temple many times as Prime Minister," Gurbachan Singh said.


The shrine's main dining hall is the 24-hour community kitchen where an estimated 100,000 devotees are fed traditional meals on peak days.


The official remembered that almost all former Prime Ministers visited the temple. Indira Gandhi, V.P. Singh, Chandra Shekhar, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, H.D. Deve Gowda, Inder Kumar Gujral and Manmohan Singh, to name a few, the official recalled.