In Jerusalem, Rajnath prays for India's rise as global leader

Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday visited holy sites in the Old city of Jerusalem, including Judaism's holiest site, where he customarily placed a prayer note expressing his wish that India regain its leadership position in the comity of nations.

Jerusalem: Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday visited holy sites in the Old city of Jerusalem, including Judaism's holiest site, where he customarily placed a prayer note expressing his wish that India regain its leadership position in the comity of nations.

A source, who went to pray at the site minutes later, saw a note in Hindi saying "Bharat punah jagatguru ke pad par aasin ho".

Traditionally such prayers, estimated at more than a million each year including some that arrive by fax and e-mail, are collected twice a year and buried on the Mount of Olives.

It is considered a taboo to read the prayers.

The minister when asked about it neither confirmed nor denied the content given the personal nature of such wishes.

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