Kathmandu, February 10
President Bidya Devi Bhandari attended the Basanta Shrawan ritual on the occasion of Basanta Panchami, also known as Shree Panchami, at Nasal Chok in Hanumandhoka Durbar Square of Kathmandu this morning.
The Basanta Shrawan ritual took place at the auspicious hour of 8:24 am.
On the occasion, President Bhandari also received tika, mala and prasad from the main priest of Hanumandhoka Durbar Caretaker Office Dev Raj Aryal.
Marking the function, a contingent of the Nepal Army presented a guard of honour while also playing the mangal dhun.
Vice President Nanda Bahadur Pun, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli and Chief Justice Cholendra Sumsher Rana also attended the Basanta Shrawan ritual and received tika, mala and prasad on the occasion.
Also present at the function were Home Minister Ram Bahadur Thapa; Minister for Women, Children and Senior Citizens Tham Maya Thapa; Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Rabindra Adhikari; Chief of the Army Staff Purna Chandra Thapa; heads of Nepal Police and Armed Police Force, the Mayor of Kathmandu Metropolitan City, among others.