The third and final day of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Singapore, was special in many sense, which reinforced India’s strong cultural connect with Singapore. PM Modi visited the National Orchid Garden, which is centrally located within the lush settings of Singapore Botanic Gardens.
In a special gesture, an orchid was named after Prime Minister Modi on the occasion of his visit to National Orchid Garden. Named as ‘Dendrobrium Narendra Modi’, the strong and robust tropical orchid produces upright inflorescences up to 38 cm long with 14-20 well-arranged flowers. This orchid was also displayed behind the head table during the banquet lunch hosted by Singapore PM Lee Hsien Loong for PM Modi.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also visited Indian Heritage Centre, where he was accorded a rapturous welcome. The Centre reflects a glimpse of Little India in that country.
The Indian Heritage Centre traces the history of the Indian and South Asian communities in the Southeast Asian region. PM Modi unveiled the Kala Sangam, a permanent platform established by High Commission of India in Singapore and Indian Heritage Centre in Singapore to bring Indian artisans to Singapore to demonstrate the craft make and sell their products. Prime Minister also purchased a Madhubani painting using a RuPay card at Indian Heritage Centre.
During his hectic schedule, PM Modi visited Singapore’s oldest Hindu temple, Sri Mariamman Temple. This Temple was founded in 1827. The temple, dedicated to Goddess Mariamman, illustrates the vibrant cultural connect between India and Singapore. The priest of the temple also gifted a golden stole to PM Modi.
“Blessed to have prayed at the beautiful Sri Mariamman Temple in Singapore. This Temple illustrates the vibrant cultural connect between India and Singapore,” PM Modi tweeted.
Prime Minister also visited Chulia Mosque, which is one of the earliest mosques in Singapore, and is located in the Chinatown district within the Central Area. Chulia Mosque has been a familiar landmark on South Bridge Road since the mid-19th century.
Prime Minister Modi also visited the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum in the Chinatown district. He was accompanied by the Singapore Culture Minister Grace Fu Hai Yien. Temple’s richly designed interiors and comprehensive exhibits on Buddhist art and history tell stories of culture over hundreds of years old.
The Buddha Tooth Relic Temple was built in 2007, but the temple’s richly designed interiors and comprehensive exhibits on Buddhist art and history tell stories of culture over hundreds of years old. The temple gets its name from what the Buddhists regard as the left canine tooth of Buddha, which has been recovered from his funeral pyre in Kushinagar Uttar Pradesh and displayed in its grounds.
He also unveiled the Kala Sangam, a permanent platform established by High Commission of India, Singapore and Indian Heritage Centre, Singapore to bring Indian artisans to Singapore to demonstrate the craft, make and sell their products.
A new chapter of warm relations has opened between India and Singapore following Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to that country. This visit has not only strengthened economic and strategic cooperation between two countries, but it also helped in boosting cultural connect with Singapore.