Prime minister Narendra Modi and his Nepalese counterpart K P Sharma Oli today jointly inaugurated a direct bus service between Janakpur and Ayodhya - the two sacred cities of Hindus.
Prime minister said this a historic moment while inaugurating the bus service as part of the Ramayan circuit to promote religious tourism in Nepal and India.
Modi flagged off the bus after visiting the famed 20th century, Janaki Temple, dedicated to the Hindu goddess Sita, where he offered special prayers.
Janakpur is known as the birthplace 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-meter high and spread over 4860 sq feet.
The Indian government has identified 15 destinations in India for development under the Ramayan 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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