Modi offers prayers at iconic Muktinath temple

Larry Hoffman
May 12, 2018

Prime Minister Modi said, "As Nepal enters a new era of consolidating the gains of a democracy and achieving economic growth, India remains a steadfast partner of the Nepal Government to implement their vision of 'Samriddha Nepal, Sukhi Nepali". "I thank the PM of Nepal Shri Oli for accompanying me during this visit to Janakpur", Modi added. On Saturday morning PM prayed at Muktinath temple and tried out the traditional drums along with the temple priests.

To everybody's delight, Modi talked about how a Nepali young cricketer, Sandeep Lamichhaney, is further strengthening the age old ties between the two countries via cricket.

The central banks of India and Nepal are discussing the "technical issues" related to return of demontised Indian currency notes, Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale today said, hoping the apex banks of the two neighbouring countries would be able to resolve it.

"Oli reiterated that Nepal would be sensitive to India's interests and its territory would not be used against India", Gokhale said.

BIMSTEC comprises seven countries lying in the littoral and adjacent areas of the Bay of Bengal - Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Thailand. He also said that the work has begun on the detailed project report for linking Kathmandu to India via rail network. "Stronger India-Nepal relations enjoy broad political support", Raveesh Kumar, official spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs, tweeted.

The two prime ministers also laid the foundation stone of the 900 MW Arun III hydroelectric power plant project in Kathmandu, reported Reuters. He would leave for New Delhi in the evening to end his two-day visit to Nepal.

Modi arrived in Kathmandu for a two-day state visit on Friday afternoon.

The Ramayan Circuit Bus Route connects Janakpur, 225 km from capital Kathmandu, to Ayodhya. "This land is spiritual and serene", Modi wrote, and also posted several images from the temple. This will be followed by meeting with leaders of political parties of Nepal. He was felicitated with a garland weighing 121 kg and a key to Janakpur city.

"These connectivity measures will help Nepal to get better market access, thereby encouraging the establishment of industries and employment creation".

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