JANAKPUR — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has arrived in Janakpur on a two-day state visit to Nepal today at the cordial invitation of Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli.
Defense Minister Ishwar Pokhrel and Province 2 Chief Minister Lalbabu Raut received the Indian PM at the airport.. Various local artists were also received Prime Minister as they showered flowers upon him.
The Indian PM will pay homage at Janaki temple for around six minutes along with Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli. PM Modi will now head towards the Ram Janaki Mandir situated at Janakpur in the Mithila region of Nepal.
Prime Minister Oli has also reached Janaki temple to welcome his Indian counterpart. The two prime ministers would inaugurate the Ramayana Circuit and the direct bus service from Janakpur to India’s Ayodhya. Ramayana Circuit is an initiative undertaken by the Indian Ministry of Tourism to help promote religious tourism.
The Prime Ministers are further scheduled to flag-off a new bus service named Janakpur-Ayodha bus (TBC) and launch Ramayana Circuit.
Following that, PM Oli is scheduled to fly back to Kathmandu after the Janaki temple programme, while Modi would attend a civic reception hosted by Janakpur Sub Metropolitan City at Baarhabigha ground in his honour. The event is expected to last for about an hour.
Prime Minister Modi then will visit the Barbigha Ground in Janakpur to address a public rally. A large crowd has gathered at the location to listen to him.
Modi will then fly to Kathmandu in the afternoon where he will be welcomed by Foreign Minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, at around 1:30 pm today.
The Indian PM is staying at the Hyatt Regency in Bouddha, Kathmandu. Following his lunch at Hyatt, Foreign Minister Pradeep Gyawali, Modi will pay a courtesy call to the Indian PM and hold bilateral talks. Modi will then be escorted to Tundikhel where he will receive guard of honour.
He will then call on President Bidya Devi Bhandari and Vice-president Nanda Bahadur Pun, in separate visits.
The two Prime Ministers will then hold bilateral talks at Dwarika’s Hotel, followed by a joint press conference and remote inauguration of Arun-3 hydropower project.
This is Modi’s third visit to Nepal since 2014, and follows the state visit of Oli to India last month.Follow @gorkhapost
Bijaya Dashami today
KATHMANDU- Today, Hindus across the country are observing Bijaya Dashami today.
The 10th day of Bada Dashain is celebrated all over the country with great enthusiasm by receiving ‘tika’ and ‘jamara’ and blessings from elders.
Although the auspicious hour or the Mul Sait for receiving ‘Devi Prasad’ has been fixed at 9:51 am, the entire day after the immersion of the Goddess is auspicious for that purpose.
The worship of Durga Bhawani at Dashainghars over nine days concludes formally on the day of Bijaya Dashami after the Abhishek or sprinkling of holy water takes place marking the beginning of tika.
People receive tika and jamara till the full moon day. Tika and jamara are considered the auspicious blessings of the goddess Nava Durga and they signify prosperity.
It is believed that one need not seek an auspicious hour if one undertakes any new assignment, campaign or journey on the auspicious day of Bijaya Dashami.
The Vijaya Dashami festival is celebrated in commemoration of the victory of truth over evil and the victory of divine forces over demonic forces.