PM Narendra Modi launches Janakpur – Ayodhya direct bus service in Nepal

New Delhi: “Janakpur(Nepal) and Ayodhya are being connected. This is a historic moment,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi said today while inaugurating the bus service as part of the Ramayan Circuit to promote religious tourism in Nepal and India. The bus service was jointly inaugurated by Shri Modi and his Nepalese counterpart K P Sharma Oli at 20th century Janaki temple, dedicated to the Hindu goddess Sita. Thousands of people have gathered in the Janaki temple premises to welcome Modi.

Janakpur is known as the birth place of Sita, the wife of Lord Rama. Janaki temple was built in memory of Sita in 1910. The three-storied structure made entirely of stone and marble is 50-metre high and spread over 4860 sq feet.

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).

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