After spending Diwali with Army and BSF personnel in North Kashmir’s Gurez sector on Thursday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi flew to Uttarakhand’s Kedarnath temple Friday morning before it closes ahead of the winter. The Himalayan shrine, dedicated to Shiva, closes Saturday for as long as six months. Modi had paid a visit to the temple on May 3 as well .
After offering prayers at the temple, Modi addressed a public gathering where he said the central government is taking steps to ensure that resources of the mountains are pooled in for development of only the mountains. “Reconstruction of Kedarpuri, with improved facilities for devotees, will be expensive but there will be no dearth of funds.”
He also took a pledge to devote himself to realising the dream of a “developed India” by the time the country marks 75 years of freedom, in 2022.
About Kedarnath Temple
Kedarnath, nestled around 221 km from Rishikesh, is one of the twelve Jyotirlinga’s of Lord Shiva. Lying against the backdrop of the magnificent Kedarnath range, at an altitude of 3,580 m, the splendid Kedarnath temple is enveloped by the imposing snow draped peaks. The temple was constructed by Adi Shankaracharya in the 8th century A.D. The cascading Mandakini River and the images of verdant landscapes and snow draped Himalayas make Kedarnath a tranquil place.
The devotees can experience a great peace of mind and undertaking a spiritual trip here always rekindles human beings faith in the almighty. Devotees flock to this holy pilgrimage site every year. Kedarnath in Uttarakhand is one of the most prominent sacred pilgrimages, particularly for the Hindus. The temple opens its gates for the visitors in the first week of May on the eve of Akshaya Tritiya and shuts down in the month of October-November. Gandhi Sarovar, Vasuki Tal, Gaurikund, Sonprayag, Triyuginarayan, Agastyamuni Temple and Deoria Tal are some of the memorable sites around Kedarnath.
The mesmerizing vistas and splendid sceneries in the form of the snow-fed mountains, rhododendron forests, and salubrious environment make the place truly enchanting.