Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday arrived in the temple town of Janakpur on a two-day state visit to Nepal.
Soon after arriving in the Nepalese city, Modi directly went to visit the famed 20th century Janaki temple and took part in special “Shodasopachara Pooja”.
Upon his arrival, Modi was welcomed by Nepalese Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli at the temple complex. The prime minister also inaugurated a direct bus service from Nepal's Janakpur to Ayodhya in India.
"India and Nepal will work towards building 'Ramayan' circuit between both the countries. This will act as a foundation for strong people to people contact between the two nations," Modi said while flagging off the bus service.
During the visit, Modi will also inaugurate the Rs. 6,000-crore Arun 3 project which was expected to generate 900 MW of power. Apart from that, the PM will sign several pacts with Nepal.
This would be Modi's third visit to the neighbouring country and the first high-level meet after the new government was formed in Nepal.
"I will be visiting Nepal on 11th and 12th May at the invitation of PM Mr. KP Sharma Oli. This visit reflects the high priority India attaches to friendly relations with Nepal. I will be holding extensive talks with PM Oli on ways to further deepen bilateral cooperation," Modi tweeted on Thursday.
He said that India would continue to remain a steadfast partner of Government of Nepal to implement the vision of ‘Samriddha Nepal, Sukhi Nepali'.
# 06:57 PM: Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets Nepal PM KP Sharma Oli in Kathmandu.
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# 05: 11 PM: PM Narendra Modi arrives at Tundikhel Army Parade Ground in Kathmandu #Nepal.
# 04:51 PM: Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets Nepal Foreign Minister, Pradeep Kumar Gyawali in #Kathmandu.
# 01:20 PM: India's faith is incomplete without Nepal: People of India & Nepal are bound by mutual respect & admiration for each other. Nepal has been a tourism spot for decades for spiritualism. India's faith is incomplete without Nepal.
# 01:10 PM: India-Nepal ties date back to Treta Yug: While addressing a rally in the temple town of Janakpur, Modi said, "The Indo-Nepal relationship dates back to Treta Yug. King Janak & King Dashratha not only united Janakpur & Ayodhya but also united India & Nepal."
# 01:05 PM: Modi starts address in Nepal: It was my long due wish to visit the land of Goddess Sita & offer my prayers. Today, I am extremely happy & grateful that I got this opportunity: PM Narendra Modi during the civic reception in Janakpur, PM Modi in Janakpur.
# 11:50 AM: Watch: Prime Minister Narendra Modi played musical instrument during his visit to Janki temple in Nepal's Janakpur.
# 11:30 AM: Modi launches bus service between Janakpur-Ayodhya: India and Nepal will work towards building 'Ramayan' circuit between both the countries. This will act as a foundation for strong people to people contact between the two nations, says PM Modi.
WATCH LIVE from Nepal: PM Modi at the launch of Janakpur-Ayodhya bus service https://t.co/CiXaEC8vpT— ANI (@ANI) May 11, 2018
# 11: 20 AM: Watch Video: Modi offering prayers at Janki Temple
# 11:17 AM: PM Narendra Modi offers prayers at Janki Temple in Nepal's Janakpur.
# 11: 05 AM: 'Special prayers will be conducted. We are ready to welcome him,' says Member of temple trust in Kathmandu's Pashupatinath Temple. Modi will visit the temple tomorrow.
#Nepal: Visuals from Kathmandu's Pashupatinath Temple, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit here tomorrow. Member of the Temple Trust, Pradeep Dhakal says, 'Special prayers will be conducted. We are ready to welcome him.' pic.twitter.com/c6jDRHnzRj— ANI (@ANI) May 11, 2018
# 11:00 AM: Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives at Janki temple in Nepal's Janakpur, received by Prime Minister of Nepal KP Oli.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives at Janki temple in Nepal's Janakpur, received by Prime Minister of Nepal KP Oli. pic.twitter.com/t0GjPOsSCH— ANI (@ANI) May 11, 2018
# 10:30 AM: Modi reaches Nepal: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has arrived at Nepal's Janakpur Airport. He was received and welcomed by Nepal Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli upon his arrival.
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#08:40 AM: The popularity remains beyond the borders: People gather at Barbigha Ground in Janakpur ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit.
# 08:30 AM: Hello and welcome to the News Nation live updates: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is visiting Nepal on Thursday. We will be extensively covering PM Modi's visit to the neighbouring country and inform you about all the latest information and happenings related to the visit.