New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday greeted the nation on the occasion of Diwali. Later in the day, he will visit Kedarnath on the occasion of Diwali to offer prayers at the Himalayan shrine on Wednesday. He will also review Kedarpuri reconstruction projects during his 10th visit to Uttarakhand since he assumed office in 2014. The Prime Minister is also scheduled to visit Harshil to celebrate the festival of lights with Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) Force.
The Prime Minister tweeted, “Happy #Diwali! May this festival bring happiness, good health and prosperity in everyone’s lives. May the power of good and brightness always prevail.”
PM Modi will arrive at Kedarnath temple at 9.45 AM from where he will leave, after offering prayers, for the inspection of the undergoing reconstruction projects at Kedarpuri, the foundation stones of which was laid by him last year.
In the view of the Prime Minister’s visit, the road from the helipad to the temple totally cleared of snow. It has been snowing intermittently in the higher reaches of the mountains in Uttarakhand including the four Himalayan shrines of Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri since Saturday, while it has been raining moderately in the lower areas.
The PM will be greeted by a 400 metres meditation cave, built at a secluded spot, above Kedarnath. However, the feature will be shown to him from a distance only as he is not scheduled to go there.
Other new features for Modi to see at the shrine this time will be a much wider Mukhya Aksha, the passage from the point of confluence of Mandakini and Saraswati to the facade of the temple and the retaining walls constructed on the banks of the two rivers, a PTI report quoted an official as saying.
Since the 2013 Uttarakhand floods that ravaged most parts of the state including Kedarnath, the reconstruction of Kedarpuri has been on Modi’s priority list and he keeps monitoring its progress on regular intervals via video conferencing.
The PM will also visit Harshil, where will spend time with ITBP Jawans at Harsil Station. He will also meeting the Indian Army Jawans here. Harsil station is situated at over 8000 ft from the sea level and it is close to India-China border and famous religious place ‘Yamunotri Dham.
In 2015, the Prime Minister celebrated Diwali with BSF jawans on the LoC near the Indo-Pakistan border in Punjab, while in 2016, he was with ITBP jawans in Himachal Pradesh. He had celebrated the festival with Army soldiers at Gurej in Jammu and Kashmir, last year.