Today, at the Kedarnath temple in the Rudraprayag region of Uttarakhand, Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivered prayers and lay the cornerstone for the construction of a ropeway or cable car that will connect Gaurikund and Kedarnath.
The Prime Minister conducted a “puja” at the temple while dressed in a white Himachali outfit of the hill people, which had an embroidered “swastika” sign. After his trip to Kedarnath, he also went to the Badrinath temple.
PM Modi will review several ongoing development projects and lay the cornerstones for some new ones during his two-day tour of the state.
On his arrival at the Jolly Grant airport in Dehradun earlier in the day on an Indian Air Force (IAF) plane, the Prime Minister was greeted by Governor Lieutenant General Gurmit Singh, Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami, and Union minister Ajay Bhatt.
The Prime Minister laid the cornerstone for the 9.7-km Gaurikund-Kedarnath ropeway project after conducting the “puja” at the Kedarnath shrine. Devotees will now be able to travel 30 minutes via ropeway from Gaurikund to the temple.
The priests who conducted the “puja” prayed to the Prime Minister for courage to lead the nation forward.
Additionally, PM Modi spent some time at Adi Guru Shankaracharya’s Samadhi Sthal.
PM Modi reviewed the progress of the riverfront development projects at Badrinath Dham.
PM Modi will speak to a crowd in Mana village and lay the cornerstones for Rs.3,400 crore in road and ropeway constructions for the Kedarnath and Badrinath temples in the afternoon. He will also examine the advancement of the Arrival Plaza and neighbourhood lakes’ beautifying project.
This is PM Modi’s sixth trip to Kedarnath and his second as prime minister to Badrinath.
The two well-known hill temples had increased security in preparation for the Prime Minister’s visit. Quintals of flowers have been used to embellish both temples.