Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday morning offered prayers at the Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu, Nepal.
This Monday is auspicious for Hindus as it falls in the month of Shravan as per the Hindu calender and the Prime Minister was greeted with traditional musical instruments on arrival, and schoolchildren chanted mantras from the Vedas during his visit.
Ironic but 25 years ago, then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and his wife Sonia wanted to visit the temple but Sonia was barred being a christian and the unfortunate incident led to a spar between the two nations.
However, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Kathmandu and the Pasupathinath temple, that too for 45 minutes should mend the ties between the two nations. Even a special prayer (Mahapuja) was performed.
He donated 2,500 kg of sandalwood to the temple. Temple authorities presented the Prime Minister with a small scale model of the temple.
In the visitor`s book, he wrote that Pashupatinath Temple and Kashi Vishwanath Temple (in Varanasi) appear similar.
The Prime Minister later greeted thousands of people who had assembled in and around the temple premises.