Kathmandu: President Dr. Ram Baran Yadav has graced the special function organized on Sunday at the military pavilion at Tundikhel by the Nepal Army to mark the Mahashivaratri festival and the Army Day.
On the occasion, President Yadav garlanded the memorial of army heroes there and received salute offered in honor of the president. President Yadav observed the parade displayed by the army to mark the day by riding a special vehicle of the Nepal Army. President Yadav is the supreme commander of the Nepal Army.
In the function, President Yadav presented letters of appreciation to the commanders of the Srinath Battalion, Kalibox Battalion, Barda Bahadur Battalion and Sabuj Gan and Purano Gorakhnath Gan (battalion) completing 50 years of establishment. The president also released ´Sipahi´, a souvenir of the Nepal Army Public Relations Directorate and awarded those winners of free fall and guest sports events.
On the occasion, Chief of Army Staff (CoAS) Gaurav Shumsher JB Rana presented the banner of CoAS to Indradhwoj Battalion winning in the professional competitions on the day.
Present Dr. Yadav, Vice President Parmanand Jha, Prime Minister Dr. Baburam Bhattarai, Chief Justice Khilraj Regmi, Deputy Prime Minister duo Bijay Kumar Gachchhadar and Narayankaji Shrestha, Ministers, high ranking officials of the Government of Nepal, chiefs of security bodies and heads of diplomatic missions in Nepal, distinguished personalities as well as former army chiefs of Indian army, General Shankar Roychowdhury, General Sunith Francis Rodrigues and General Deepak Kapoor were present in the meeting .
Meanwhile, tens of thousands of Hindu devotees thronged to Pashupatinath temple in Kathmandu on Mahashivaratri, a colorful festival to worship Lord Shiva, on Sunday.
Devotees were seen queuing up for a long time to pay obeisance to lord Shiva at Pashupatinath from early morning. It is expected that around one million devotees visited Pashupatinath today. President Dr. Yadav also visited Pashupatinath temple and offered prayers to Lord Shiva.
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