Modi in Kedarnath, to visit Badrinath on Sunday

Modi in Kedarnath, to visit Badrinath on Sunday

Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (Reuters File Photo)

Dehradun, May 18 (IANS) Five days before the election results, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday morning offered prayers at the Kedarnath shrine nestled in Garhwal Himalayas of Uttarakhand.



Early in the day, Modi arrived at Dehradun’s Jolly Grant airport and took a helicopter to Kedarnath. He was wearing a grey suit with a pahari cap and a saffron gamchha around his waist. 



Alighting from the chopper, he headed straight to the holy shrine, where he offered special prayers to Lord Shiva. 



Modi also reviewed the reconstruction work in Kedarnath, which was extensively damaged in the June 2013 deluge.


The Prime Minister will spend the night here and will fly to Badrinath on Sunday. He would return to New Delhi later on Sunday.


Security has been tightened around both the shrines in view of the Prime Minister’s visit, said Ashok Kumar, Director General (Law and Order).


This is the Prime Minister’s fourth visit to Kedarnath in the past two years. 


In 2017, he visited it once in May after its gate were opened following a six-month winter break and again in October, before the temple again closed for winters. He last offered prayers at the temple on Diwali in November.