Pashupatinath-Kashi Vishvanath Amrit Mahotsav Motorcycle Rally” was flagged off on Thursday jointly by Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Prem Bahadur Ale and Indian Ambassador Vinay Mohan Kwatra at the Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu. Around 50 Nepali and Indian motorbikers are participating in the rally. The rally is being organized with the aim of showcasing the profound people-to-people links between Nepal and India and further strengthening mutual cultural ties, according to a press release issued by Indian Embassy, Kathmandu.
Speaking on the occasion Minister Ale mentioned about the age-old cultural heritage and civilizational links between the two countries and wished the participants of bike rally a successful journey. Ambassador Kwatra spoke about the special linkeage between Kathmandu and Kashi and the role played by the two temples – Pashupatinath and Kashi Vishwanath – in bringing people of the two countries together. Chief Priest of Pashupatinath Ganesh Bhatta blessed the participants before they set out on the journey.
The participants would visit Kashi Vishwanath Temple in Varanasi on 13 November and perform puja and offer ‘Swachchata Shramdan’ at Dashashvamedha ghat to spread the message of cleanliness. The rally is being organized by the Embassy of India in collaboration with Royal Enfield Kathmandu as part of ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’, an initiative of the Government of India to celebrate 75 years of independent India.