Kedarnath: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday offered prayers at the Kedarnath shrine in Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand.
The Prime Minister was accompanied by Uttarakhand Governor K.K. Paul and Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat. The Himalayan shrine, dedicated to Shiva, will be closed from Saturday for six months owing to winter.
This is the second visit of Prime Minister to the shrine this season. He had visited it on May 3 when its gates had been reopened after the winter break The priests at the Lord Shiva shrine and the locals welcomed the Prime Minister. The temple was decked up with yellow flowers.
After offering prayers, Modi began addressing people gathered at the temple.
PM says reconstruction of Kedarpuri, with improved facilities for devotees, will be expensive but there will be no dearth of funds. PM invites tourists to explore the Himalayas, says the hills have so much to offer- for spiritual pursuits, for the nature lover, for those interested in adventure, water sports.
It is the responsibility of us all to protect the environment. If we protect the environment, it will protect is in return: PM Modi says discipline is in the blood of people here in Uttarakhand,at least one person from each family is a soldier.
Through the development we are doing in Kedarnath, we want to show how an ideal ‘Tirth Kshetra’ should be. When floods of 2013 occurred I was not PM, I was Gujarat CM. I offered to help in rebuilding but Centre became nervous, says Modi.