Janakpur: Indian Prime Minster Narendra Modi and Nepalese Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli today jointly inaugurated a direct bus service between Janakpur (Nepal) and Ayodhya (India) – the two sacred cities for Hindu religion.
Janakpur is attributed to Goddess Sita and Auodhya is birthplace of Lord Rama. Modi also visited Janaki temple before flagging off the bus. The bus service is a part of the Ramayan Circuit to promote religious tourism in Nepal and India.
The Indian government has identified 15 destinations in India for development under the Ramayana Circuit theme namely Ayodhya, Nandigram, Shringverpur & Chitrakoot (Uttar Pradesh), Sitamarhi, Buxar & Darbhanga (Bihar), Chitrakoot (Madhya Pradesh), Mahendragiri (Odisha), Jagdalpur (Chattisgarh), Nashik & Nagpur (Maharashtra), Bhadrachalam (Telangana), Hampi (Karnataka) and Rameshwaram (Tamil Nadu).
“I am glad to be here in Janakpur. I am here to pay respects to King Janak and Mata Janaki. I thank the PM of Nepal Shri Oli for accompanying me during this visit to Janakpur,” Modi said.
With inputs from official sources