The AICC general secretary said PM Modi, through his temple visits, was giving out a message to voters in Karnataka of how religious he was and that he was a Hindu. "India stands shoulder-to-shoulder with the people of Nepal", Modi had said. PM @narendramodi visited the highly venerated Muktinath temple, located at 12,172 ft, to reinforce the strong cultural connect between India and Nepal. The agitation had also crippled the land-locked country's economy as supplies from India were blocked. He also said that the work has begun on the detailed project report for linking Kathmandu to India via rail network.
"We have agreed to further strengthen our joint efforts on defence and security to control cross-border crimes that have been taking place by misusing our open borders that are quite important for people on both the sides", he said.
He said both countries were also linked by cricket and mentioned Nepali player Sandeep Lamichanne, who plays for IPL team Delhi Daredevils.
Scores of people thronged near the Janaki temple premises to welcome Modi.
Modi flagged off a bus service from Nepal's Janakpur (the town where goddess Sita was born) to Ayodhya in India (Lord Rama's birthplace).
"Jai Pashupatinath! Feeling blessed after praying at the majestic Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu", wrote the PM on Twitter.
The prime minister also inaugurated a Rs 6,000-crore Arun III project which was expected to generate 900 MW of power.
The Indian leader described his visit as "that of a pilgrim rather than as a Prime Minister" and participated in the civic reception bestowed upon him by Janakpur Sub-Metropolitan City at the Rangabhumi Maidan.
Earlier, Kathmandu Mayor Bidya Sundar Shakya presented symbolic key of the city to Modi, which symbolises that the door to Kathmandu would always remain open to him.