To mark Modi's Singapore visit, orchid named after PM Narendra Modi

SingaporeUpdated: Jun 02, 2018, 07:07 PM IST

Modi has an orchid named after him in Singapore. The orchid was named 'Dendrobrium Narendra Modi'. Photograph:(Others)

An orchid was named after Prime Minister Narendra Modi to mark his visit to the National Orchid Garden of Singapore on Saturday. Modi is here on a three-day visit.

"Dendrobrium Narendra Modi - an orchid named after PM @narendramodi on the occasion of his visit to the National Orchid Garden in Singapore," External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted.

"A strong and robust tropical orchid which produces upright inflorences up to 38 cm long with 14-20 well-arranged flowers," he said. 

The distinguished and well twisted petals of the orchid are mahogany, while sepals are reddish brown and lined with a fine margin. They are beautifully complimented with an attractive dark purple lip. 

Later, the prime minister visited Singapore's oldest Hindu temple Sri Mariamman and participated in prayers.

"Reinforcing our strong cultural connect, PM @narendramodi visited the Mariamman Temple," Kumar said.

Built in 1827, the temple was constructed for worship by immigrants from the Nagapatnam and Cuddalore districts of South India. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Mariamman, known for her power in curing epidemic illnesses and diseases. The temple is located in the heart of Chinatown. 

He also visited Chulia mosque in Chinatown which was built by Chulia Muslim merchants from India's Coromandal Coast under the leadership of Anser Sahib. Demonstrating the age-old people-to-people contact between our two countries. This is one of the earliest mosques in Singapore. The mosque was established in 1826.

The Prime Minister also visited the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum.

"Shared Buddhist heritage! PM @narendramodi visited the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum in Singapore accompanied by the Culture Minister Grace Fu Hai Yien," Kumar said.