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PM Modi Offers Prayers At Kedarnath Shrine:- Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi had visited the Kedarnath shrine and offered his prayers on Friday. He said his visit to the Himalayan temple had strengthened his firmness to serve the nation.
Uttarakhand Governor K.K. Paul and Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat, accompanied the Prime Minister. Owing to winter, the Himalayan shrine will be closed from Saturday for six months. The shrine is dedicated to Lord Shiva.
After offering ‘rudrabhiskek’ at the high altitude shrine the Prime Minister said serving people was a true service of the lord. “Seek blessings of Bhole Baba and resolve to devote myself to fulfilling dream of a developed India by 2022,” Modi told a gathering of officials, priests and locals at the mountain shrine.
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The foundation stone of five major reconstruction projects at Kedarpuri was also laid by Modi, who had visited the shrine in May this year. Improved facilities for devotees, construction of retaining walls and ghats at the Mandakini and Saraswati rivers, an approach road to the shrine and reconstructing Adi Guru Shankaracharya’s tomb were included in the development process. The Shankaracharya’s tomb was devastated in the 2013 deluge.
Modi also spoke of making Kedarnath a tourist destination. He also invited the people to visit and explore the Himalayas. He even said that preserving the traditional soul of Kedarnath, the quality infrastructure will be built, without flouting the laws of environment.
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The projects were described as ambitious and expensive by him. But, also said that to ensure that they are completed in a time-bound manner, there would be no dearth of funds. Modi said he had offered to take the responsibility of reconstructing areas surrounding the temple, as Chief Minister of Gujarat. The tragedy had stuck in 2013, killing thousands of people.
The then Uttarakhand chief minister had also agreed in principle. “But the then government at the Centre apparently had reservations about it and I had to return, However, perhaps Baba (Lord Shiva) had decided that the reconstruction around Kedarnath will be done by Baba’s son only,” he said.
After remaining closed for six months for the wintersModi had visited in May when the portals of the Himalayan shrine were reopened for devotees. The people of Uttarakhand were saluted by Modi, for their discipline.
“Discipline is in the blood of people here in Uttarakhand, at least one person from each family here is a soldier,” he said.