New Delhi, Sep 9: The replica of the iconic Konark Sun Temple wheel in Odisha welcomed world leaders and foreign delegates to the G20 Leaders' Summit held at the Bharat Mandapam International Exhibition and Convention Centre in New Delhi on a memorable Saturday.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended warm greetings to the arriving global dignitaries as they gathered for a two-day discourse on pressing global matters in the heart of India.
Against the captivating backdrop of the Konark wheels, Prime Minister Modi engaged in handshakes and exchanges with world leaders and other delegates, setting the stage for meaningful discussions during the summit.
The Konark Wheel, also known as the Sun Temple Wheel, stands as an iconic architectural marvel steeped in India's rich cultural, religious, and historical heritage. The Konark wheel, a remarkable relic of the 13th century crafted during the reign of King Narasimhadeva-I, boasts 24 spokes and is ingeniously incorporated into India's national flag, symbolizing India's ancient wisdom, advanced civilization, and architectural prowess.
On the inaugural day of the 18th G20 summit in New Delhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi graciously received all the esteemed guests at the Bharat Mandapam, the replica of the Konark wheel adding a unique backdrop to the proceedings.
When Prime Minister Modi greeted US President Joe Biden, their interaction extended beyond formalities, as Modi explained the profound significance of the Konark wheel.
The Konark Wheel symbolizes the divine "chariot of the Sun God." According to Hindu mythology, the Sun God, Surya, embarks on a daily celestial journey, riding a chariot drawn by seven resplendent horses.