Janakpur: Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the famed 20th century Janaki temple in this Nepalese town and offered special prayers.  Prime minister who arrived here today on a two-day state visit to Nepal, directly went to the Janaki temple, dedicated to the Hindu goddess Sita, from the airport.

Nepalese Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli welcomed his Indian counterpart upon his arrival at the temple complex. Modi spends around 45 minutes in the temple. Addressing to media, Modi said, “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.” “Today’s welcome in Nepal shows the affection the people of Nepal have towards the people of India,” he added.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Nepalese counterpart Oli jointly inaugurate direct bus service between Janakpur and Ayodhya. “This is a historic moment,” Modi said. Modi’s visit to Nepal is seen as an attempt by both the countries to bring back normalcy in ties after a spell of uneasiness as it comes little over a month after his Nepalese counterpart K P Sharma Oli came to India.