Royal status awaits PM at temple

August 04, 2014 02:49 am | Updated April 21, 2016 02:18 am IST - KATHMANDU:

A day after Nepal Prime Minister Sushil Koirala broke protocol to greet Prime Minister Narendra Modi personally at the airport here, priests at the Pashupatinath Temple are planning a break from tradition to accord Mr. Modi “royal status” during his visit on Monday.

An official of the Pashupatinath Area Development Trust (PATD) will guide Mr. Modi through the hour-long visit and puja. “PM Modi is being accorded an honour that priests at Pashupatinath reserve only for the former royalty. He will be seated during the puja, an honour not accorded to anyone other than Nepalese or royalty before,” Govind Tandon, member-secretary PATD, told The Hindu . Mr. Modi's visit ill be closed not only to media, but also to his delegation; an official said the visit was for “the PM only.”

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