On October 21, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will pay a visit to Badrinath and Kedarnath to lay the groundwork for connectivity projects worth more than ₹3400 crores. This will be his third visit to one of the holiest sites of Hindus since he became the Prime Minister in 2019 for the second time, evincing his deep reverence for Lord Shiva.
In 2019, PM Modi paid homage to the Kedarnath shrine ahead of the last phase of General elections. An image of him, meditating inside a cave drew admiration from the citizens of the nation as well as the Hindu diaspora across the globe. The following elections yielded a thumping majority for BJP and secured the second-term for PM Narendra Modi.
His second visit came in the year of 2021 when he laid the foundation stone of projects worth ₹409 crore. “The third decade of the century belongs to Uttarakhand. Take it from me. I am saying this from a holy land,” Modi spoke to the pilgrims at the temple, where he performed Rudrabhishek puja before unveiling a 12-feet and 35-tonne statue of Adi Guru Shankaracharya.
On October 21, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will pay a visit to Badrinath and Kedarnath to lay the groundwork for connectivity projects worth more than ₹3400 crores. The projects will aim to improve the region’s connectivity and religious tourism.
“Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will visit Uttarakhand on 21st October 2022. In Kedarnath, at around 8:30 AM, he will perform darshan and pooja at Shri Kedarnath Temple,” the Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement.
“At around 9 AM, the Prime Minister will lay the foundation stone of the Kedarnath Ropeway Project. After that, he will visit the Adi Guru Shankaracharya Samadhi Sthal,” it further said.
“At around 9:25 AM, the Prime Minister will review the progress of development works along Mandakini Asthapath and Saraswati Asthapath,” the statement read.
“After that, he will take part in the prayers at the Badrinath temple and look over how the riverfront development is progressing. He will then lay the groundwork for the road and ropeway projects in Mana village”, stated the PMO.
Rebuilding the Kedarnath Jyotirlinga site post-2013 devastation and the construction of all-weather Char Dham roads linking the four holy sites of Gangotri, Kedarnath, Yamunotri and Badrinath has helped reinforce the faith of Hindus and boosted tourism in Uttarakhand.
Not only that, the Modi-led government at centre has been on a mission to resurrect the ancient holy shrines located across the nation. Several Hindu shrines have witnessed a makeover under his prime ministership. Most recently, Prime minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the grand Mahakal Lok Corridor built around the ancient Mahakaleshwar Temple in Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh on October 11, 2021 worth ₹856 crores. In December 2021, PM Modi inaugurated the Kashi Vishwanath Dham in Varanasi built at a cost of ₹800 crores aimed at transforming pilgrims’ experience of the temple town.
Notably, this will be PM Modi’s sixth visit to Kedarnath since 2014 when BJP came to power, showing his deep attachment to the holy mountains of Himalayas.