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Modi offers Shodashopachara Pooja at Janaki temple

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Modi offers Shodashopachara Pooja at Janaki temple

JANAKPUR — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is here in Janakpur for two-day state visit to Nepal, has performed the Shodashopachara Pooja at Janaki temple in Janakpurdham.

Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has received Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to offer prayers at the Janaki Temple.

This worship ceremony — with sixteen ritualistic services including tantric mantra recitation — is carried out only by special guests at the Janaki Temple.

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Modi is the first Indian Prime Minister to hold such a worship at the temple. During the pooja ceremony, Indian PM Modi worshipped the idol of Hindu Goddess Sita along with the idols of Lord Ram, Laxman and Hanuman at Bivaha Mandap.

Prior to pooja, the worship ceremony was carried out by visiting Indian Presidents Neelam Sanjiva Reddy, Gyani Zail Singh and Pranab Mukherjee, according to the temple’s priest Ramatpeshwar Das Vaishnav.

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President extends good wishes on occasion of Maghe Sankranti

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KATHMANDU— President Bidya Devi Bhandari has extended happiness, peace and prosperity to all Nepali sisters and brother at home and abroad on the occasion of the Maghi or Maghe Sankranti.

In a message issued from the Secretariat of the President, President Bhandari has expressed her confidence that this festival would strengthen social unity by promoting mutual understanding among different castes and communities of our society.

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Our festivals have contributed a lot to maintain our Nepali identity by linking geographic, cultural, ethnic and lingual diversities and such festivals have played vital role to make our country known in the global stage, President Bhandari has said in the message.

In a similar message, Vice-president Nanda Bahadur Pun has said that such festival enhance mutual harmony, tolerance, fraternity and unity among the Nepalis and contribute to conservation and promotion of our indigenous culture.

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