Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacted with the media after offering prayer at the Kedarnath shrine on Day-2 of his Uttrakhand visit. The Himalayan shrine, dedicated to Lord Shiva, has been visited multiple times by PM Modi during his ongoing term in the office. Talking about the same, Prime Minister said that he is fortunate to visit places of spiritual importance multiple times.
"First of all, I would like to thank the election commission that I got these 2 days. I am fortunate that I had the opportunity to visit places of spiritual importance. I have visited Kedarnath multiple times now".
Furthermore, he informed that during the time of his stay at Rudra Gufa, he had no communication with the outside world
"When disaster stuck Kedarnath, I visited this place and I wanted to something. I became the Prime Minister and we also formed government in the state. We have created a master plan for Kedarnath based on which the work is underway. On the back of my mind, I always have the thought of reviewing the progress. I have a special connection with this place. I am here for 2 days. I went to the cave and after a long time, I experienced peace. The cave has a small hole through which you can see Kedarnath Baba. I was mesmerized here. I had no communication with the outside world".
He then listed out the 3 Ps of his 'Kedarnath Progress Mission'
"My mission of development here incudes Prakiriti, Pariyavaran and Pariyata (Nature, environment and Tourism). At the same time, we should also take care of the Astha and Shraddha (Belief) which is related to this holy place. I have a dedicated and a hard-working team. I review the progress through video conferencing".
He said that he never asks for anything whenever he visits the house of Baba Kedarnath:
"Whenever I am here for Darshan, I did not ask for anything. I never ask for anything. I don't agree with the concept of asking. The Lord has made us capable of giving and not asking."
Moreover, he also expressed gratitude towards the media and said:
"I am grateful to the media that you all removed time to come here despite the hectic election schedule. Because of you, people will be aware and may also visit Kedarnath this time rather than going to Dubai. I am not against them going to Dubai but there are so many places in my country which one should experience".
Meanwhile, Badrinath temple management is all set to welcome Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is scheduled to offer prayers at the ancient shrine dedicated to Lord Vishnu on May 19, 2019.
"Badrinath Kedarnath Temple Committee is gearing up for a special puja by the Prime Minister," Mohan Prasad Thapiyal, chairman of the committee said.
Thapiyal said that the people of Uttarakhand are very excited to welcome PM Modi in the temple town.
"People of Uttarakhand are very excited to get a glimpse of Modi ji in Badri Dham. Thousands of people are thronging to Badrinath," he said.