Former king offers Dasain tika to general public

Kathmandu, Oct 11: Former King Gyanendra Shah offered tika to the general public on the occasion of the Bada Dasain festival, the greatest festival of the Nepalis, today.

The former king along with the former queen Komal Shah jointly gave tika to the members of the general public from 3.30 pm today at Nirmal Niwas, where the former royal couple resides.

People had thronged the Nirmal Niwas since the noon today to receive tika from the former monarch. Also present on the occasion were politicians of the Panchayat era, former administrators and the retired high ranking officials of the then Royal Nepalese Army.

KATHMANDU, NEPAL:  Nepalese King Gyanendra of Nepal (R) puts a tika (Hindu religious symbol) on the forehead of an elderly man on the occasion of the Bijaya Dashsmi festival at Narayanhity Royal Palace in Kathmandu 23 October 2004.  The Nepalese people observed the festival all over the country from 20 to 23 October by worshipping the Hindu goddess Durga.         AFP PHOTO/DEVENDRA M SINGH  (Photo credit should read DEVENDRA M SINGH/AFP/Getty Images)
KATHMANDU, NEPAL: Nepalese King Gyanendra of Nepal (R) puts a tika (Hindu religious symbol) on the forehead of an elderly man on the occasion of the Bijaya Dashsmi festival at Narayanhity Royal Palace in Kathmandu 23 October 2004. The Nepalese people observed the festival all over the country from 20 to 23 October by worshipping the Hindu goddess Durga. AFP PHOTO/DEVENDRA M SINGH (Photo credit should read DEVENDRA M SINGH/AFP/Getty Images)

First to receive tika from the former royal couple was former Deputy Prime Minister and chairman of the Rastriya Prajatantra Party Nepal, Kamal Thapa.

Thapa has tweeted that he and the former king held whispering talks on politics for some time in course of receiving tika.