After arriving in Kedarnath, the Prime Minister watched a brief documentary detailing the reconstruction work carried out at the Himalayan temple after the devastating deluge of 2013 and then entered the sanctum sanctorum of the shrine.
Uttarakhand chief minister Pushkar Singh Dhami and Governor Lt Gen Gurmit Singh (retd) were also in Kedarnath along with the PM.
‘Regularly reviewed redevelopment works at Kedarnath from Delhi’
Speaking at Kedarnath, the Prime Minister lauded the redevelopment efforts and said that he regularly reviewed the projects from Delhi.
“After 2013 destruction, people used to think if Kedarnath could be redeveloped. My inner voice always said that Kedarnath will stand with more pride than ever before,” PM Modi said.
“Despite extreme weather conditions in Kedarnath, these development projects have come to fruition due to the labourers working tirelessly to help me achieve this mission of restoring strength to this region,” he added.
PM Modi affirmed that the new development projects will enhance the journey of devotees with improved amenities and safety measures to ensure that we are prepared for future calamities.
“This combination of modernity with the eternal on this primitive land is the result of the natural grace of Lord Shankar,” he said.
PM Modi unveils statue of Adi Guru Shankaracharya in Kedarnath
The Prime Minister unveiled a 12-foot statue of Adi Guru Shankaracharya at the seer’s rebuilt samadhi in Kedarnath.
Work on the Shankaracharya statue, weighing around 35 tonnes, had begun in 2019. Its unveiling was streamed live at 12 jyotirlingas, four mutts or monasteries established by the eighth century seer, his birth place and a number of prominent temples across the country.
“When India was grappling with ‘Rag-Dwesh’, Adi Guru Shankaracharya was envisioning a society free of sins of Hinduism through ‘Advaita-Sindhanta’,” PM Modi said.
“Adi Guru Shankaracharya established temples & Jyotirlingas by working all his life for the development of our ‘Parma-Dharma’ that reflects in ‘Bhartiya & Bhartiyata’,” he added.
The prime minister sat in meditation at the foot of the statue for a while before taking a walk around Kedarpuri to review the reconstruction work carried out over the last few years.
Laid foundation stone of reconstruction projects worth over Rs 400 crore.
PM Modi also laid the foundation stone of five Kedarpuri reconstruction projects worth over Rs 400 crore on the river Mandakini.
These projects include Saraswati Retaining Wall Aasthapath and Ghats, Mandakini Retaining Wall Aasthapath, Tirth Purohit Houses and Garud Chatti bridge on river Mandakini.
“It is an auspicious day to lay the foundation of not only new projects but opening a gateway of development for this ‘Dev Bhoomi’ to maximise the safety measures for devotees,” PM said.
PM Modi further said that he was able to successfully install these development projects in Kedarnath due to his experience of handling earthquakes in Kutch in 2001.
“I have watched the pain and disaster of the 2013 floods and I feel fortunate enough that we successfully established these development projects in Kedarnath,” he said.
The Prime Minister’s visit to the shrine comes ahead of the 2022 assembly polls in Uttarakhand.
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