Prime Minister Narendra Modi reached Kedarnath this tomorrow, a day before the sacred Himalayan shrine close for the winters. He will be laying the foundation stones for a slew of reconstruction projects in Kedarpuri, including renovation of Adi Guru Shankaracharya’s tomb which was devastated in the catastrophic flash floods of 2013.
During his visit, the Prime Minister is also likely to address a public meeting near the famed temple located around 11, 660 feet above the sea level, the BJP sources said according to reports.
After landing at Dehradun’s Jolly Grant, where he was received by Uttarakhand Governor KK Paul, Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat and other state officials, Modi was flown to Kedarnath.
In view of the PM’s visit and Diwali, the temple has been decked up with flowers and lights, and most priests have decided not to go home to celebrate the festival.
The chief minister too accompanied Modi to the Himalayan temple which is scheduled to close for the winters at 8 am on Saturday.
This is the second visit of the prime minister to the shrine this season. He had visited it on May 3 when its gates had been reopened after the winter break.
Earlier on Thursday, PM Narendra Modi celebrated Diwali with the defense and security personnel posted along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir’s Gurez Sector. Addressing the soldiers, he lauded their bravery and sacrifice.
Modi spent two hours with the soldiers in Gurez valley, which is very close to Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) and has witnessed many gunfights with infiltrating militants in the past 27 years.
(With inputs from PTI)