Modi in Oman LIVE Updates: PM prays at Shiva temple in Muscat, visits Grand Mosque

PM Narendra Modi, who arrived in Oman from UAE, had an exhaustive Sunday, addressing the Indian community in Muscat and signing eight agreements, including one pertaining to military cooperation, with Oman’s Sultan Qaboos.

PM Narendra Modi signed eight agreements, including one pertaining to military cooperation, with Oman’s Sultan Qaboos. (Source: MEA/Twitter)

On the last day of his West Asia tour, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday met industry leaders of the Gulf and West Asia region at the India-Oman business meeting in Muscat and visited a Shiva temple and the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, which is the biggest mosque in Oman. At the India-Oman business meet, Modi pitched India as an attractive destination to do business and spoke on the investment opportunities in the country. Modi, who arrived in Muscat on Sunday from Dubai on the last leg of his three-nation tour, also met Deputy Prime Minister for International Relations and Cooperation Affairs of Oman, Sayyid Asa’ad bin Tariq Al Said.

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The two leaders discussed intensification of bilateral cooperation in areas of mutual interest, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted. “Four countries in 4-days strengthening our footprint in Gulf and West Asia! PM @narendramodi begins Day 4 with business – Oman-India Business Meet in Muscat. Pitching India as an attractive destination to do business, complementing our expanding strategic partnership,” Kumar said.

PM Modi also visited a 125-year-old Shiva Temple in Muscat, one of the oldest in the region, and offered prayers. It was constructed 125 years ago by the merchant community from Gujarat. The PM also posed for group photos with the temple administration officials and the Indian community members.

Narendra Modi in Oman LIVE Updates:

  1. 2:16PM
    12 Feb, 18
    PM Modi leaves for New Delhi

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi emplanes for New Delhi from Oman's Muscat.

  2. 2:02PM
    12 Feb, 18
    PM Narendra Modi visits Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque in Muscat

    PM Narendra Modi visits 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. Modi also signed the visitors' book and met supporters at Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque.

  3. 1:47PM
    12 Feb, 18
    PM Modi at Shiva temple in Muscat

    Here are some more pictures of Prime Minister Narendra Modi praying at the Shiva temple in Muscat. PM Modi performed Abhishekam at the historic Lord Shiva temple at Muscat and interacted with the members of the Temple Management Committee

  4. 1:42PM
    12 Feb, 18
    PM Modi meets Oman Deputy PM HH Sayyid Fahd bin Mahmood Al-Said

    PM Narendra Modi meets Deputy PM of Oman HH Sayyid Fahd bin Mahmood Al-Said. The two leaders exchanged views on intensifying ties in the areas of energy, trade and investment, food security, defence & security, mining and other sectors, says MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar.

  5. 1:17PM
    12 Feb, 18
    PM Narendra Modi offers prayers at Shiva temple

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi offers prayers at Shiva temple in Muscat, also known as Motishwar Mandir, and was constructed 109 years back by a merchant community from Gujarat.

  6. 11:40AM
    12 Feb, 18
    PM Modi interacts with Oman deputy PM

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets Sayyid Asa'ad bin Tariq Al Said, Deputy Prime Minister for International Relations and Cooperation Affairs of Oman.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets Oman deputy PM Sayyid Asa'ad bin Tariq Al Said. (Source: ANI)

  7. 11:16AM
    12 Feb, 18
    PM Modi attends India-Oman business meet

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi attends India-Oman business meeting in Muscat, talks about India's economic prowess and the investment opportunities in the country. Modi pitched India as an attractive destination to do business, complementing the expanding strategic partnership.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi attends India-Oman business meet in Muscat (Source: MEA/Twitter)

  8. 9:51AM
    12 Feb, 18
    Here is the full list of agreements inked between India and Oman

    Here is the list of agreements signed between India and Oman on Sunday. 

    (Source: MEA/Twitter)

  9. 8:51AM
    12 Feb, 18
    Here are some interesting facts about the Grand Mosque in Muscat

    The Grand Mosque in Muscat was a gift to the nation from Sultan Qaboos to mark his 30th year of reign. The main attraction of the mosque, a magnificent piece of modern Islamic architecture, is a Persian carpet in the main prayer hall that is 70m by 60m wide, the second-largest hand-loomed Iranian carpet in the world. Six-hundred women took four years to weave the carpet.

  10. 8:39AM
    12 Feb, 18
    PM Modi to visit 109-year-old Shiva temple built by Gujarat merchants

    The Shiva temple in Muscat, situated near Sultan’s Palace about 35kms from Seeb Airport, is also known as Motishwar Mandir and was constructed 109 years back. This temple was constructed by the Bania Merchant Community from Gujarat, who settled in Muscat centuries back. The temple has three deities; Shri Adi Motishwar Mahadev Temple, Shri Motishwar Mahadev Temple and Shri Hanumanji Temple.

  11. 8:22AM
    12 Feb, 18
    PM Modi to meet Omani CEOs

    On his last day of West Asia tour, PM Modi will have a meeting with Omani CEOs. Next, he will visit Sultan Qaboos Mosque in the afternoon. The PM will also visit a Shiva Temple there. In addition to these visits, Modi will also be meeting with the two deputy Prime Ministers of Oman - Sayyed Fahad and Sayyed Asad.