Prime Minister Narendra Modi stated on Friday that the decade belongs to Uttarakhand, that connectivity in the region will see unparalleled growth in the coming years, and migration from the hills will come to an end. After installing a 12-foot statue of Adi Guru Shankaracharya at the seer’s reconstructed samadhi, he spoke to a big crowd of teerth-purohits and devotees at the Kedarnath shrine.
Following the inauguration of the statue, the Prime Minister sat for a while at the foot of it before going for a walk around Kedarpuri to inspect the rebuilding work that had been done over the previous few years. In the morning, Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Kedarnath from Dehradun and offered prayers at the Shiva temple. He walked behind the temple to the “Bheem Shila” after the prayers. During the June 2013 deluge, a massive rock tumbled down the slopes and came to a halt directly behind the temple, protecting it from the calamity. The construction of the 35-tonne Shankaracharya statue began in 2019. Its presentation was broadcast live across the country at 12 jyotirlingas, four mutts or monasteries founded by the eighth-century seer, his birthplace, and a number of notable temples.
Along with the Prime Minister, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami and Governor Lt. Gen. Gurmit Singh (retd.) were in Kedarnath. The PM’s visit came a day before the Himalayan temple’s winter closure on Saturday. Mr. Modi was greeted by the governor, the Chief Minister, and his cabinet colleagues Subodh Uniyal and Ganesh Joshi, as well as Assembly Speaker Premchand Aggarwal, at the Dehradun airport in the morning.