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Modi pledges to develop Pashupatinath Temple

Modi pledges to develop Pashupatinath Temple
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Modi pledges to develop Pashupatinath Temple, India has pledged to develop and conserve Nepal\'s 5th-century Pashupatinath Temple and offered help of Rs 25 crore for the construction of a \'dharamshala\' for pilgrims. He also gifted 2,500 kgs of sandalwood worth Rs two crore to the temple authorities.

Kathmandu: India has pledged to develop and conserve Nepal's 5th-century Pashupatinath Temple and offered help of Rs 25 crore for the construction of a 'dharamshala' for pilgrims. He also gifted 2,500 kgs of sandalwood worth Rs two crore to the temple authorities.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi gifts sandalwood to the Pashupatinath temple after praying at the temple in Kathmandu, Nepal on Monday

The temple, listed in UNESCO World Heritage Sites, is one of the most significant Hindu temples of Shiva in the world. It dates back to 400 AD, and houses a sacred linga of Lord Shiva. The Indian government offered to assist Nepal in conservation and restoration of old monuments in the Pashupatinath Complex.

Nepal Maoists happy after talks with Modi

Kathmandu: Nepal's Maoist leaders said they had "very fruitful" talks with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday and a new chapter had begun in India-Nepal ties.

"A new chapter has begun between India and Nepal," Maoist leader Pushpa Kamal Dahal aka Prachanda told the media after meeting Modi on the final day of his two-day visit to Nepal."Our talks were very fruitful and very historic. Modi supports the peace process," Prachanda said. "Modi is clear that first there should be political stability and then economic cooperation," he added.

Modi returned home on Monday night, wrapping up his two-day official visit to Nepal, the first trip by an Indian premier to the neighbouring country in 17 years."The two prime ministers expressed satisfaction over the excellent state of Nepal-India relations that encompass a broad spectrum of political, economic, social and cultural ties that are deep-rooted at both government and peoples' levels," according to a joint statement issued at the conclusion of the visit. Earlier, the PM visited the Pashupatinath temple before meeting with Nepalese President Ram Baran Yadav, who paid him this compliment - "You have won our hearts with your speech at the Parliament yesterday." Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that he felt "extremely blessed" on offering prayers at the Pashupatinath temple. "Felt extremely blessed on offering prayers at the Pashupatinath temple this morning," Modi later tweeted.

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