PM Modi in Kedarnath: PM conducts Puja at Kedarnath; launches redevelopment projects worth Rs. 130 cr

Publish Date: 06 Nov, 2021 |

Prime Minister Modi for the fifth time, after assuming the Prime Minister office, visited Kedarnath Shrine on October 5, 2021. He reached the shrine on Friday morning and directly went to the temple to offer prayers to Lord Shiva. Prime Minister also inaugurated the reconstructed Samadhi of Adi Shankaracharya,which was destroyed due to the floods in 2013. PM also unveiled the statue of Adi Shankaracharya.

PM unveils the statue of Adi Shankaracharya and launches redevelopment projects

Prime Minister also inaugurated the samadhi of Adi Shankaracharya which was rebuilt as it was earlier destroyed due to the floods in kedarnath in 2013. at Kedarnath and also unveiled the statue of Jagad Guru Adi Shankaracharya.

Prime minister also inaugurated the redevelopment projects worth Rs. 130 crore in Kedarnath, which include Saraswati Retaining Wall Aasthapath and Ghats, Mandakini Retaining Wall Aasthapath, Tirth Purohit Houses and Garud Chatti bridge on river Mandakini.

Prime Minister said, “A number of infrastructure works are planned for Uttarakhand including road connectivity to Char Dhams & ropeway near Hemkund Sahib to facilitate devotees. This decade belongs to Uttarakhand. In next 10 years, the state will receive more tourists than it did in the last 100 years.”

PM also said,“There was a time when spirituality and religion were believed to be associated only with stereotypes. But, Indian philosophy talks about human welfare, sees life in a holistic manner. Adi Shankaracharya worked to make the society aware about this truth.

Uttarakhand’s Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami lauded Prime Minister’s leadership skills and the redevelopment projects that are being carried out in the state by the central government. Such projects include ‘Rishikesh-Karnprayag’ rail-line, Char-Dham all weather road

PM Modi's previous visits to Kedarnath

After assuming Prime Minister’s office, Narendra Modi first went to Kedarnath on May 3,2017. In the same year, Prime Minister visited Kedarnath again on October 20 when he also laid the foundation stone of 5 major projects for the rebuilding of Kedarpur. The first phase of these projects are complete and the second phase of these projects has begun.

On November 7, 2018 Prime Minister Modi visited Kedarnath Dham for the third time as the Prime Minister of India and he also physically reviewed the rebuilding work. For the fourth time, PM Modi went to Kedarnath Dham on May 14, 2019 when he also spent 17 hours in the ‘Dhyan Gufa’.

This is the fifth time PM modi will be visiting Kedarnath Temple. Officials have already started taking a note of the preparations for PM Modi’s visit to the Dham. 

Kedarnath shrine

Kedarnath is one of the four shrines that are collectively known as ‘Char Dham’. Hence, it is an important pilgrimage site for the people practising Hinduism. The other three Dhams are- Badrinath, Yamunotri and Gangotri. Kedarnath is situated in the Garhwal mountain range at the bank of river Mandakini and was built in 8th century by Adi Shankaracharya. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva in India. It is opened between the months of April and November only due to the weather conditions.

The temple managed to stand erect through the 2013 floods and suffered no damage during the disaster. The state of Uttarakhand experienced a cloud burst in 2013 which led to landslides and floods in the state. 2013 Uttarakhand floods are considered as one of the most terrible and destructive calamities faced by India.

Prime Minister reached Dehradun Airport on Friday Morning where he was received by Uttarakhand Governor Lt Gen Gurmit Singh (retd), chief minister Pushkar Singh Dhami, his cabinet colleagues Subodh Uniyal and Ganesh Joshi and Uttarakhand Assembly Speaker Premchand Aggarwal.
He directly went to the Kedarnath temple, offered prayers to Lord Shiva and then carried out circumambulation of the shrine. 
After visitng the temple, he inaugurated the Samdhi and Statue of Jagad Guru Adi Shankaracharya. 

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