It has been announced from the Narayanhity Royal Palace, Kathmandu, on the occasion of Shreekrishna Janmastami, that Their Majesties the King and Queen of Nepal visited the Shreekrishna Mandir at Mangalbazaar, Patan today and received tika and prasad.
While the exact meaning of this announcement is unclear, and although it may relate to religious festivities that were going on, it seems more plausible that Their Majesties had popped out for dinner at their favourite restaurant in Patan the Sherpa Fryer and ordered a Nepalese version of chicken tikka. Of course, whether the nourishment afforded to their royal personages was of a spiritual or tandoori nature is beside the point. It’s just nice to see them out in public.
In a royal message, presumably issued inside the restaurant between courses, His Majesty The King extended, by way of grace, his best wishes that this sacred day realises truth, justice, rights and a sense of obligation for all of us, and inspires us to work towards peace and stability. Added HM, “Now, pass the poppadums”.
Caption: His Majesty the King receiving tika on the occasion of Shreekrishna Janmastami at Krishna Mandir in Patan on Wednesday.