Indian PM Modi pays homage to Lord Muktinath

KATHMANDU: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is on a two-day state visit to Nepal, has paid homage to Lord Muktinath in the northern mountainous district of Mustang today.

The visiting Indian PM stayed in Muktinath area for one and a half hours. Modi flew to Muktinath on a special chopper.

PM Modi wore Buddhist traditional red costumes before carrying out rituals in both Hindu and Buddhist way, including 'Aarati'. He worshipped the shrine of Sri Muktinath at the temple. He offered prayers and got engaged in ritualistic worship at the temple for 20 minutes with priests Krishna Prasad Subedi and Jhuma Gurung. The Indian PM took part in the Shodashopachara worship ceremony which involves sixteen ritualistic services and mantra recitations.

Muktinath is regarded as sacred place for both Hindus and Buddhists located in Muktinath Valley. The temple is at an altitude of 3,710 metres at the foot of the Thorong La pass in Mustang.

Meanwhile, the Indian PM has returned to Kathmandu where he will pay homage to the Pashupatinath temple. Following the worship, the PM Modi is scheduled to attend a civic reception hosted by Kathmandu Metropolitan City at Rastriya Sabha Griha before departing for India today itself.

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KATHMANDU: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is on a two-day state visit to Nepal, has paid homage to Lord Muktinath in the northern mountainous district of Mustang today.

PM Modi arrived in Muktinath this morning. He worshipped the shrine of Sri Muktinath at the temple. PM Modi wore Buddhist traditional red costumes before carrying out rituals in both Hindu and Buddhist way, including 'Aarati'.

Muktinath is regarded as sacred place for both Hindus and Buddhists located in Muktinath Valley. The temple is at an altitude of 3,710 metres at the foot of the Thorong La pass  in mountainous Mustang district.

PM Modi will also offer prayers at Pashupatinath temple after his return from Muktinath today. This will be followed by meeting with leaders of political parties of Nepal.

The Indian PM is scheduled to attend a civic reception hosted by Kathmandu Metropolitan City at Rastriya Sabha Griha before departing for India today itself.

(UPDATED)

KATHMANDU: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is on a two-day state visit to Nepal, has departed for Muktinath.

PM Modi will offer prayers at the Muktinath temple.

The local authorities have been preparing for PM Modi's visit since early morning.

Security has been beefed up from Ranipauwa Bazaar to Muktinath as the locals prepare to appear in their traditional attires to welcome the Indian PM.

PM Modi will also offer prayers at Pashupatinath temple after his return from Muktinath today. This will be followed by meeting with leaders of political parties of Nepal.

The Indian PM is scheduled to attend a civic reception hosted by Kathmandu Metropolitan City at Rastriya Sabha Griha before departing for India today itself.