After offering prayers at the 125-year-old Shiva Temple in Muscat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday visited the iconic Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, the main mosque of Oman.
Raveesh Kumar, the spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), revealed the mosque’s Indian connection in a tweet on Monday.
The mosque, which was inaugurated in 2001, is built from 300,000 tonnes of Indian sandstone sculpted by 200 craftsmen from India, said Kumar.
While sharing pictures of PM Modi’s Oman mosque visit on Twitter, Kumar wrote, "Yet another Indian connection with Oman! PM @narendramodi visited the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque in Muscat, which is the biggest mosque in Oman. The mosque is built from 300,000 tonnes of Indian sandstone sculpted by 200 craftsmen from India!”
After his visit to the mosque, the Prime Minister tweeted, “Had the opportunity to visit the iconic Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque in Muscat. Here are some glimpses.”
Earlier, PM Modi visited the 125-year-old Shiva Temple in Muscat, one of the oldest in the region, and said he felt extremely blessed after praying at the temple. The Prime Minister, who arrived in Muscat from Dubai on the last leg of his three-nation tour, visited the temple located in the Matrah area.
“Feeling extremely blessed to pray at the Shiva temple in Muscat,” the Prime Minister tweeted.
“PM @narendramodi performed Abhishekam at the historic Lord Shiva temple at Muscat and interacted with the members of the Temple Management Committee,” Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted.
The temple was constructed 125 years ago by the merchant community from Gujarat and was subsequently renovated in 1999. It has three deities — Shri Adi Motishwar Mahadev, Shri Motishwar Mahadev and Shri Hanumanji. During auspicious days more than 15,000 devotees visit the temple for prayers.
The Prime Minister also posed for group photos with the temple administration officials and the Indian community members.