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PM Modi prays at Mukhtinath temple in Nepal

Press Trust of India  |  Kathmandu 

today prayed at Nepal's iconic temple that is regarded sacred by both Hindus and Buddhists, becoming the first world leader to offer prayers there.

also offered prayers at the Pashupatinath temple, located on the banks of the The is regarded as the most sacred and oldest (Pashupati) in

After offering prayers at the Pashupatinath temple, signed the visitor's book and was presented with a miniature replica of the temple.

Earlier, in the morning, Modi flew to district to offer prayers at the temple.

"An auspicious start to Day 2 in Nepal! PM Modi visited the highly venerated temple, located at 12,172 ft, to reinforce the strong cultural connect between and PM Modi offered prayers at the human-size golden as Shri Mukti Narayan," said Raveesh Kumar, at the Ministry of External Affairs, after Modi's visit to the

Modi will be the first foreign guest to pay homage at the main sanctum of when he offers his prayers on Saturday, K P Sharma Oli said yesterday.

High security alert has been maintained in in view of Modi's visit. The local administration had put in place a special security plan to make Modi's visit safe and systematic.

is regarded as sacred place for both Hindus and Buddhists located in The temple at an altitude of 3,710 metres at the foot of the Thorong La pass in mountainous district.

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First Published: Sat, May 12 2018. 12:37 IST