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Inter-Faith Prayer Ceremony at New Army HQ Has Netizens Lauding the 'Spirit of India'

The prayer was held at the foundation stone laying ceremony of the Thal Sena Bhawan in New Delhi on Friday | Image credit: ANI

The prayer was held at the foundation stone laying ceremony of the Thal Sena Bhawan in New Delhi on Friday | Image credit: ANI

Rajnath Singh was in Dellhi to lay the foundation stone for Thal Sena Bhawan on Friday during which he bore witness to an inter-faith prayer ceremony.

On Friday, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh was in the capital to lay the foundation stone for Thal Sena Bhawan during which he bore witness to an inter-faith prayer ceremony. He along with army chief MM Naravane participated in a "bhoomi poojan" ceremony for the the Bhawan, which is being constructed as the new Army headquarters in Delhi's cantonment area.

Images of the ceremony were shared on social media by news agency ANI. In the image, priests from different religions can be seen standing on stage and reciting prayers.

The image has been evoking many warm responses on social media with many praising the secular and harmonious nature of the Indian army.

The Bhawan, a multi-storied green building, will be constructed opposite the Manekshaw Centre at Delhi Cantonment within the next five years. Spread over 39 acres, it will accommodate over 6,000 personnel and have a residential complex. The Army Chief, who currently occupies an office in New Delhi's South Block, will also have an office at the Thal Sena Bhawan.

According to a report by ANI, the office complex and parking space would be spread across an area of 7.5 lakh square meters and will house 6014 offices for 1684 military and civilian officers along with over 4,000 staff. The construction work is expected to generate at least 2 lakh hours over the course of the next five years, leading to job creation among youth.