Lucknow, May 12: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Saturday received the first bus of Indo-Nepal bus service from Janakpur to Ayodhya. The bus service was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Nepal's Janakpur on Friday. It must be noted that the Prime Minister is on a two-day visit to Nepal on the invitation of Nepalese Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli. This is Narendra Modi’s third visit to Nepal as Prime Minister.

Adityanath welcomed the bus service in Ayodhya and thanked Nepalese Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli for taking a step forward to strengthen ties between the two nations and improve connectivity.

On Friday, Narendra Modi and his Nepalese counterpart K P Sharma Oli jointly inaugurated a direct bus service between Janakpur and Ayodhya - the two sacred cities for Hindus.

"Janakpur and Ayodhya are being connected. This is a historic moment," Prime Minister Modi said while inaugurating the bus service as part of the Ramayan Circuit to promote religious tourism in Nepal and India. "I am glad to be here in Janakpur. I am here to pay respects to King Janak and Mata Janaki. I thank the PM of Nepal Shri Oli for accompanying me during this visit to Janakpur," Modi added.

The Indian government has identified 15 destinations in India for development under the Ramayana 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).

Scores of people thronged near the Janaki temple premises to welcome Modi. Janaki temple has got a new look at the temple was cleaned up and decorated with lights. It must be noted that 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-metre high and spread over 4860 sq feet.

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