Nepalese Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba arrived in Varanasi on Sunday and offered prayers at the famous Kal Bhairav and Kashi Vishwanath temples.
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Deuba, accompanied by his wife Arzu Rana Deuba, was received by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath at Lal Bahadur Shastri Airport in the morning.
Schoolchildren holding Indian and Nepalese flags greeted the Prime Minister at the airport. Later, the Prime Minister of Nepal visited Kal Bhairav and Kashi Vishwanath temples and paid homage there. Deuba was accompanied by Adityanath.
Amid a shower of flower petals and the rhythms of ‘Damru’, various performers performed traditional dances to welcome the Prime Minister. Deuba and his wife performed ‘rudrabhishek’ – a ritual to offer prayers to Lord Shiva – at the Kashi Vishwanath temple and also watched a short film showing the history of the Kashi Vishwanath Dham.
Earlier, distinguished guests were welcomed with cultural programs, including various dance forms, at 15 locations on the road from the airport to the Taj Hotel.
The Nepalese prime minister is expected to visit the Pashupatinath temple located at Lalita Ghat and hold a meeting with the chief minister, officials said.
Deuba arrived in New Delhi on Friday on his first bilateral visit abroad after becoming prime minister for the fifth time in July 2021.