Kathmandu: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday arrived in Pashupatinath temple where he will spend around an hour for a special puja.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. File Pic/PTI
The temple was beautifully decorated.
Locals were, however, barred from offering puja at least for an hour.
It is expected that Modi will announce Rs.250 million for conserving the Pashupatinath area and its historical and religious heritage.
Narendra Modi Monday prayed at Pashupatinath temple, granted Rs.25 crore to build a 'dharamshala' in the temple complex and offered 2,500 kg of sandalwood.
Wearing a saffron coloured kurta-pyjama with a shawl draped on his shoulder and forearm, Modi paid obeisance at Pashupatinath temple before leaving to meet President Ram Baran Yadav.
Regarded as the most sacred temple of Hindu Lord Shiva in the world, Pashupatinath temple's existence dates back to 400 A.D. The richly-ornamented pagoda houses the sacred linga or phallic symbol of Lord Shiva. Thousands of pilgrims from all over the world come here, the temple's web site said.
Brahmins welcomed Modi by chanting the Veda at the main gate of the temple.
The Pashupatinath temple management committee gifted Modi a picture of Pashupatinath.
Chief priest Ganesh Bhatta who performed the puja, offered a rare chandan paste prepared from four lingas of Pashupatinath. This is rare and only gifted to very important dignitaries.