A day after completing the election campaign for the 2019 Lok Sabha election, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday visited the Kedarnath temple in Garhwal region of Uttarakhand. The temple, which is an integral part of the famous Char Dham Yatra, was opened for devotees earlier this month.
During his visit to Kedarnath, Prime Minister paid obeisance at the historic temple. In a tweet he said he also reviewed the development work that is being carried out in Kedarnath, a town that was destroyed in 2013 due to heavy rain and massive floods.
PM Modi also tweeted some photographs of snow-covered mountains and the lesser Himalayas in Uttarakhand en-route to the temple shrine.
However this is not the first time when PM Modi has been Kedarnath.
Here are five things he has said about Kedarnath in the past:
1) In November 2018, PM Modi revisited Kedarnath temple. Describing his visit he said he feels honoured to be able to visit the temple. In a tweet on his visit, Modi said, “On the banks of the pristine Bhagirathi river, praying to Maa Bhagirathi. Felt extremely blessed.”
2) In October 2017, PM Narendra Modi visited Kedarnath temple a day after Diwali. He said, “The Himalayas have so much to offer–for spiritual pursuits, for the nature lover, for those interested in adventure, water sports. I invite everyone to come and explore the Himalayas.” In the same visit, Modi said the government is building “quality infrastructure” in Kedarnath. “It will be modern but the traditional ethos will be preserved.”
3) In his October 2017 visit, PM Modi also said that the blessings from Kedarnath will lead his government to “fulfil the aspirations of every Indian citizen in 2022”.
Kedarnath will become a model Teertha Kshetra.’ We are creating proper facilities for pilgrims and ensuring welfare of the priests. pic.twitter.com/F9zYO2SFjm
Chowkidar Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) October 20, 2017
4) In May 2017, writing about Kedarnath temple, Modi tweeted, “I can say it confidently, we will not ignore or forget the heritage that we have been historically proud of.”
5) A year after the 2013 Kedarnath tragedy, when the doors of the temple were opened for pilgrims, Modi tweeted: “I am very happy that the doors of the holy Kedarnath temple have once again opened for pilgrims. My best wishes to the pilgrims!”
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