The Prime Minister surprised worshippers with an impromptu visit to a temple on Sunday.

Boris Johnson visited Bhaktivedanta Manor Hare Krishna Temple near Patchett's Green as part of his General Election campaign.

Mr Johnson was joined by Home Secretary Priti Patel, as well as Hertsmere Conservative parliamentary candidate Oliver Dowden and Watford Conservative parliamentary candidate Dean Russell.

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Mr Johnson, pictured with Priti Patel to the left of him

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The Prime Minister was taken through the £10 million Sri Krishna Haveli, a multi-purpose community facility, which is nearing completion.

He was given a traditional welcome of Sanskrit mantra ceremony.

Then, followed by a crowd of devotees, neighbours, local dignitaries and Hindu community representatives, the Tory leader was led to the temple room inside the main mock-Tudor mansion building donated by the late Beatle, George Harrison.

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Conservative parliamentary candidates Dean Russell, far left, and Oliver Dowden, next, with Priti Patel and Boris Johnson

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After receiving a ceremonial blessing in front of the famous shrine, he spoke to the congregation and guests of his respect for the Hindu community and its values.

Mr Johnson said: "I am inspired by the work of this temple and the community here. It is not only a place of great spirituality of course, it attracts hundreds of thousands of people and the manor brings all sorts of people together.

"It is wonderful to see this Haveli, which is almost complete."

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The Prime Minister pictured inside the Havali

The Prime Minister vowed to return to the temple when the centre formally opens.

After the presentation of gifts and the temple's famous sweets, Mr Johnson fed oxen from the temple farm. Feeding cows or oxen is an auspicious activity in Hindu culture, where all animals are deeply respected.

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Hertsmere candidate Mr Dowden tweeted it was a "sincere pleasure" to welcome the Prime Minister to the constituency.

Vinay Tanna, head of communications at Bhaktivedanta Manor added: "The manor is a place of worship and spiritual education.

"Therefore is not affiliated with any particular political party. However we respect and honour all who want to visit here, at any time."