KATHMANDU, Nov 3: President of India, Pranab Mukherjee, has expressed India's willingness to assist in the reconstruction of the Ghats in the Pashupatinath Temple premises.
"The Pashupatinath Temple is as a common site of reverence for the people of Nepal and India," the visiting President of the southern neighbor, who visited the Temple on the second day of his state visit this morning to perform the special pooja, wrote on the Visitors Book kept there by Pashupati Area Development Trust.
He wrote he was so happy for getting an opportunity to revisit the temple. "The Pashupatinath Temple is a site of cultural, religious and historic importance." President Mukherjee wrote in the Visitors Book. He said he was delighted to be here for the special worship at the Pashupatinath Temple.
The government of India is happy for getting an opportunity to assist in the implementation of Dharmashala Project in the Pashupatinath, he states in the Visitors' Book.
He has also wished success in the protection and promotion of the unique Pashupatinath area. The Indian President expressed happiness that the Bagmati river has become cleaner than what it was when he visited the place seven years back.
The Brahmin batuks of Nepal Ved Vidyashram welcomed the visiting Indian President in the Pashupatinath temple precinct, chanting the Vedic hymns, said Dr Govinda Tandon, Member Secretary of PADT.
"After the special pooja, President Mukherjee asked about the extent of damage caused by the earthquake in the Pashupatinath temple complex; he has also shown special interest in the preservation of the Aryaghat area," Member Secretary Tandon added.
President Mukherjee had made offerings of money kept in envelope at all the temples and shrines he visited in the Pashupatinath temple complex.
The PADT presented to President Mukherjee wooden statues of Nrityanath and Natraj and a three feet tall temple as souvenir. RSS