In a gesture of friendship and diplomacy, Prime Minister Narendra Modi presented meticulously chosen rare items to President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden during his state visit to the United States. These gifts serve as symbols of India’s rich culture and heritage.
As an official gift, Prime Minister Narendra Modi presented President Joe Biden with a handcrafted sandalwood box. This exquisite box was meticulously crafted by a master craftsman from Jaipur, Rajasthan. The sandalwood used in its creation was sourced from Mysore, Karnataka, and bears intricately carved flora and fauna patterns. Carving sandalwood is a traditional craft in Rajasthan, passed down through generations.
Inside the sandalwood box rests the idol of Lord Ganesha, the Hindu deity revered as the remover of obstacles and the one who is worshipped at the beginning of all auspicious events. The Ganesha idol, made of silver, was crafted by a fifth-generation family of silversmiths from Kolkata.
In addition, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also presented a green diamond as a special gift to First Lady Jill Biden. This green diamond exhibits exceptional quality and craftsmanship. It is a symbol of India’s commitment to responsible luxury and sustainable international relations.
These unique gifts highlight the deep cultural ties and the spirit of friendship between India and the United States. They serve as a testament to the enduring bond between the two nations and the shared values they uphold.