New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi took a metro ride from Khan Market to visit the ISKCON temple in east of Kailash in New Delhi on Tuesday.

En route, the Prime Minister mingled with commoners and even took selfies with them. This is his second public appearance after the news broke of India avenging the Pulwama attack by a heavy air assault in Balakot area of Pakistan, just 60 km from Abbottabad.

Earlier, while addressing a rally in Rajasthan's Churu, Modi said, "I want to assure the nation from Churu that the nation is in safe hands".

The emotion of the people towards Modi was palpable and overwhelming to say the least, while he was on his way to ISKCON.

Modi unveiled a giant Bhagavad Gita, running into 670 pages and weighing 800 kg, at the ISKCON temple. Dubbed the 'Astounding Bhagavad Gita', and measuring 2.8 m by 2 m, it is billed as the "world's largest sacred book", according to ISKCON.

The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), known colloquially as the Hare Krishna movement, is a worldwide confederation of more than 400 temples and runs 100 vegetarian restaurants and a wide variety of community-serving projects.

Modi also attended a gathering comprising spiritual leaders, diplomats, scholars along with devotees of ISKCON from around the world. But what stole the show was not Modi attending ISCON gathering but the journey towards it, punctuated by him shaking hands with kids and smilingly chatting with them.

(With inputs from PTI)