Auckland, August 9: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern recently visited a Hindu temple in Auckland. According to Muktesh Pardeshi, Indian High Commissioner to New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern visited Radha Krishna temple on August 6 and offered prayers. She also relished Indian food - daal and chhole puri - at the temple. Pictures of Jacinda Ardern visiting the temple are going viral on social media platforms. New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern Turned Away by Wellington Cafe Due to Lack of Seating Space as Country Reopens After Lockdown.

A picture and video of PM Ardern removing her sandals before entering the Radha Krishna temple are widely circulated. At the Hindu place of worship, the Prime Minister participated in aarti and received prasad from the priest. She also greeted people with a namaste. As seen in the video, as soon as Ardern enters the temple, a conch shell is blown. The priest starts to chant Sanskrit mantras and the PM stands with her hands folded.

After the aarti, the priest applies a tika on Ardern's forehead and puts a holy cloth which she humbly accepts by bowing down. Indian envoy Muktesh Pardeshi tweeted: She (Jacinda Ardern) paid a short visit to Radha Krishna Mandir and enjoyed a simple Indian vegetarian meal - Puri, Chhole and Daal." Her visit comes ahead of national elections in New Zealand on September 19. New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern Keeps Her Cool as 5.6 Magnitude Earthquake Hits During Live TV Interview, Watch Video.

Jacinda Ardern Visits Radha Krishna Temple in New Zealand:

The Radha Krishna Temple is a part of Mahatma Gandhi Centre run by the Auckland Indian Association. Indians constitute 5 percent of the Kiwi population and the Hindi has emerged as the fourth largest spoken language across New Zealand.

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