The President of Finland, Tarja Helonen
along with her spouse Mr. Pentti Arajarvi, visited Akshardham
Monument on Sunday, 21st Jan 2007.
Other members of the delegation included
Mr. Pertti Torstila, State Secretary, Ministry for Foreign Affairs,
Mr. Asko Numminen, Ambassador of Finland to India, , Veli Sundback,
Executive Vice President, Nokia, Jan-Erik Enestam, Former Minister
of Environment, MP and several CEOs of Finnish companies.
The President arrived at 11.00 a.m. She
was welcomed in the traditional Indian way with the tying of
the nadachhadi on her right wrist, tika on the forehead and
garland at the Mayur Dwar.
The group visited the main monument and
were amazed to see the intricate carvings, beautiful stone and
marble figures, images of gods and goddesses, sadhus and sages
and narratives from the great Indian epics, Ramayan and Mahabharat.
The group also appreciated and enjoyed the Boat Ride exhibition.
The President and her spouse performed the
‘Abhishek’ ritual on Shri Nilkanth Varni.
The President opined ‘Many thanks
for your excellent introduction to the history and the culture
of India. I believe that your wisdom will help all of us to
make better and more sustainable world’.