With Shreenathji (Shree Krishna) Hindu Temple being an iconic place in Bahrain, prominent leaders visiting Bahrain make a stop at the temple. Former Norwegian Prime Minister and current Executive Chair, The Oslo Center (Peace, Democracy, Human Rights), Norway Kjell Magne Bondevik visited the 200-year-old temple yesterday.

The executive committee gave a traditional welcome to by draping a colourful orange shawl around his neck.  In the Indian culture, it is a practice to honour the guests as a mark of respect with a shawl. The former prime minister also took part in the Vishu celebration programmes that were held at the Manama temple.  Vishu is the first day of the Malayalam calendar and is the call of a New Year in Kerala and the adjoining areas of Southern India. This day is celebrated with much ceremonial splendour among all family members, relatives and friends and is marked by feasting.

The dignatories praised Bahrain for its diversity, freedom, coexistence and tolerance.  This comes following the visit from HRH Prince Andrew, the Duke of York who visited Bahrain last month at the grand celebration where he lit the ‘Lamp of light’ while a mantra was chanted.

Also present during the event was Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), Bahrain Houda Nonoo, Foundation Dialogue for Peace, Norway, and President, 14th August Committee Norway Aamir J. Sheikh, Director, Norwegian Institute of Legal and Strategic Studies (NILSS) Mohamed Elzain, The Director General, Minister of Cabinet Affairs Office, The Court of H.R.H. The Prime Minister Fawaz Khalil Bushait.

The leaders also  visited the Durga Pooja in THMC hall (celebrated in Eastern India) and Vishu, Kerala New Year (celebrated in Southern India) in the THMC Auditorium.