Dehradun, May 3
Prime Minister Narendra Modi was one of the first to offer prayers at the fabled Kedarnath temple here as the shrine on Wednesday opened its doors after a six month long winter break.
Modi offered prayers at the Shiva temple and did ‘rudrabhishek’ which involves bathing the Shiva Linga with Ganges water, milk and honey, among others.
He waved to the crowd of about 2,500 devotees present at the opening of the gates of one of the holiest Hindu shrines.
The Kedarnath shrine in this hill state is one of the major components of the annual Chaar Dhaam pilgrimage.
The Kedarnath Valley was destroyed in a flash flood in 2013 but the temple premises was thankfully saved of any major devastation.
Thousands had died in the natural calamity and hundreds went missing. Restoration work is underway at the temple, its route and the surroundings.
Earlier Modi landed at the Jolly Grant airport here in a special IAF plane and was received by Uttarakhand Governor K.K. Paul, Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat, state ministers and other BJP leaders.
Thereafter, he left for Kedarnath in a chopper. The Prime Minister will later in the day inaugurate a multi-crore state-of-art research centre at Patanjali Yogpeeth in the presence of Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev. (IANS)