Nepal’s last king to visit Odisha from Feb 7

Vastavam web: Nepal’s last king Gyanendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev is scheduled to visit Odisha for six days from February 7, official sources here said.During his six-day visit Gyanendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev will offer special puja at the 12th century Shree Jagannath Temple at Puri and visit Sakhigopal Temple, the sources said.There are deep spiritual ties between Odisha and Nepal. Adi Shankaracharya had established the rituals and practices in both Jagannath and Pashupatinath temples and Nepal, which comes under the spiritual jurisdiction of the Puri Shankaracharya s Govardhan Math.

After his arrival in Odisha, he will inaugurate the Mission Cow Goshala at Rathipur near Jatni and Govandana, a unique ritual of offering homage to cows. Later, he will attend a public reception.On Febuary 9 and 10, he will attend a programme commemorating the silver jubilee of the ‘pattabhisheka’ of Jagadguru Shankaracharya of Puri at the invitation of the Govardhan Math of Puri, the sources added.