Update at 12:20 PM: PM Modi celebrates Diwali with the jawans, offers sweets to them
Update at 11:45 AM: Our jawans are doing so much for the country: Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the force in Kedarnath
Update at 11:30 AM: Celebrated Diwali with our valorous Army officials at Harsil in Uttarakhand: PM Modi shares pictures with the forces in Kedarnath
Update at 10:30 AM: Prime Minister Modi offers prayers at the Kedarnath Temple in Kedarnath. He will be meeting and celebrating Diwali with the forces post prayers.
Update at 10:05 AM: Officials welcome PM Modi post his arrival in Kedarnath for Diwali celebrations
Update at 9:55 AM: PM Modi arrives in Kedarnath for Diwali celebrations with the forces
Update at 9:30 AM: Your devotion to duty in the remote icy heights is enabling the strength of the nation, and securing the future and the dreams of 125 crore Indians: PM Modi meets the Jawans of the Indian Armed Forces at Harsil in Uttarakhand
Update at 7:05 AM: Prime Minister arrives in Dehradun to celebrate the festival of Diwali in Kedarnath
Update at 7:00 AM: Diwali greetings from PM Modi:
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Kedarnath on the occasion of Diwali to offer prayers at the Himalayan Shrine and review Kedarpuri reconstruction projects. This is going to be Prime Minister Modi's 10 visit to Uttarakhand since 2014.
To share the warmth of togetherness and the exhilaration of the festivities, the Prime Minister of India is gratifying Kedarnath with his presence for Diwali 2018. Over the course of four years, he has gone around the country to celebrate the festival. Take a look at his earlier Diwali celebrations around the country:
PM Modi’s Diwali last year, in 2017 was with the Indian Army and Border Security Forces near the Line of Control in North Kashmir’s Gurez sector. Together with Army Chief Bipin Rawat and other officials, PM proffered sweets to the personnels. He even advised the force on the border to perform Yoga, that he affirmed would enhance their ability and aid them to seek a sense of calm.
Making this a ritual with his third consecutive year, PM Modi visited a remote area in Himachal Pradesh, neighbouring the Chinese border to celebrate the festival of light. He interacted with people from the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), the Dogra Scouts and the Army at Sumdoh. On his visit in 2016, he even met the personnel of the General Reserve Engineering Force (GREF), a wing of the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) that maintain highways at Sumdoh. Along with that PM even spent time with the locals in Chango village in Kashmir district.
Tailing the traditions of 2014, even in the year after PM Modi celebrated Diwali with troops on India-Pakistan border in Punjab. He even paid homage as he visited the Dograi War Memorial in Khasa in Amritsar on . He placed a wreath at the place that has witnessed one of the toughest wars fought by the Defence Force on September 22, 1965.
Going back in time, his first year as the Prime Minister, Modi made a surprise visit to Saichen to spend his Diwali with the jawans and officers of the Indian Armed Forces at Siachen Base Camp at the height of over 12,000 feet. Addressing the officials, he hailed their valour and fortitude for guarding the borders and sacrificing the celebrations while 125 crore Indians celebrate Diwali with their kin in comfort and peace. On his visit, he even lauded the role of the defence force in combating Kashmir floods through their relief and rescue.