Years-long wish to visit Janaki temple fulfilled today, PM writes

Frederick Owens
May 11, 2018

A day before leaving for the Himalayan nation, PM Modi asserted that India will continue to remain a steadfast partner of Nepal in its efforts directed towards growth and development.

Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Modi arrived at Janakpur airport to embark on a two-day visit to Nepal.

In his statement, Modi said, "These high-level and regular interactions reflect my government's commitment to the "neighbourhood first" policy, in consonance with the motto of "Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas".

The Indian Prime Minister will lay the foundation stone for Arun III hydroelectricity project in Sankhuwasabha district of eastern Nepal, undertaken by India's Sutlej Jal Vidyut Nigam, through video conferencing.

He added that the PM will also flag off a bus full of pilgrims from Janakpur in Nepal to Ayodhya in UP.

Apart from Hinduism, the dominant religion in India and Nepal, Ramayana, the great epic, binds the people of two neighbouring nations, among other things.

Before Modi, then Indian Presidents Neelam Sanjiva Reddy, Giani Zail Singh and Pranab Mukherjee performed these special prayers employing the "khodasopachar rituals", said Ram Tapeshwar Das Vaishnav, the priest at the Janaki Temple. The report, however, noted that Modi's official itinerary was yet to be released.

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Thousands of people from Nepal and India have gathered in Janakpur to see Modi where he would be addressing the public after a civic reception.

Ahead of the visit, foreign minister Pradeep Gyawali along with India's ambassador Manjeev Singh Puri visited the city to take stock of the arrangements.

The natives of hilly country Nepal are expecting Indian Prime Minister to address issues related to the development of Nepal.

After resting for a while at Hyatt Regency, where he will be staying, Modi will witness guard of honour at Tundikhel. He was received by his Nepalese counterpart KP Sharma Oli.Prime Minister Modi is also scheduled to meet with President of Nepal Bidhya Devi Bhandari and Vice President Nanda Bahadur Pun.

In the region which has a strong Madhesi population speaking Bhojpuri and Maithili besides Nepali, the PM praised Mithila's culture as well as the contribution of women in its progression.

In addition to Kathmandu, the prime minister said he was also looking forward to visiting Janakpur and Muktinath. Leaders of various political parties in the country will call on Prime Minister Modi in Kathmandu.

Authorities have also planned two civic receptions for Modi - in Janakur, and in the capital Katmandu.

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