Published: Sat, May 12, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

PM Modi visits Pashupatinath Temple in Nepal

PM Modi visits Pashupatinath Temple in Nepal

Gokhale also said that Modi's visits to cultural sites in Nepal "suggested that there should be strong people-to-people ties".

He later travelled to Kathmandu to inaugurate the construction of an India-funded hydropower plant with his Nepali counterpart KP Sharma Oli. The agitation had also crippled the land-locked country's economy as supplies from India were blocked.

The two leaders also discussed the implementation of various India assisted projects in Nepal and made a decision to bridge the implementation gap in some of the projects, the foreign secretary said.

Calling it a bad trend for democracy, Gehlot said, "Modi planned to visit Nepal today because there is model code of conduct in Karnataka". He said Nepal should do what it thought it needed to grow and India would stand shoulder to shoulder with the neighbouring country.

Indian currency is widely used in Nepal for day-to-day transactions, especially in the border areas.

Gokhale said both sides agreed to be committed towards the stated projects.

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The Prime Minister said the agricultural ministers of the two sides will soon meet and start work on a road map for agriculture research, agricultural education and agriculture development. "As per the need and priority of Nepal, India is all set to support it". He would leave for New Delhi in the evening to end his two-day visit to Nepal. The Nepal Army cannon offered a 21-gun salute in the honour of the Indian Prime Minister.

After Muktinath, the PM returned to Kathmandu and prayed at the historic Pashupatinath temple.

He later held talks with Nepal President Bidhya Devi Bhandari where the two leaders renewed their commitment to take their relations to new heights.

During his two day visit, Modi visited three temples - Janki Temple, Muktinath Temple, and Pashupatinath Temple to strike the spiritual chord between India and Nepal. PM Modi along with PM Oli jointly flagged off a bus service connecting Sita's birthplace Janakpur to Ayodhya. He was felicitated with a garland weighing 121 kg and a key to Janakpur city.

Modi addressed the guests present at the civic reception programme. "It shows the importance India attaches to the historical ties".

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