PM Narendra Modi Visits Kedarnath, Seeks Blessings of Lord Shiva: Top Quotes
Dehradun, October 20: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday visited Kedarnath, a day before the portals of the Himalayan shrine close for the winters. He sought blessings of Lord Shiva to realise the dream of a developed nation by 2022.
Addressing a public meeting near the famed temple located around 11,660 feet above the sea level, Modi said, “Through the work we are doing in Kedarnath, we want to show how an ideal ‘Tirth Kshetra’ should be, how it should be pilgrim friendly and the well being of the priests should be given importance.”
Elaborate security arrangements were in place at Kedarnath in view of Modi’s visit. The temple has been decked up with flowers and lights.
Here are his top quotes:
- The Himalayas have so much to offer- for spiritual pursuits, for the nature lover, for those interested in adventure, water sports. I invite everyone to come and explore the Himalayas: Modi
- We are building quality infrastructure in Kedarnath. It will be modern but the traditional ethos will be preserved. We will ensure the environment is not damaged: Modi
- Through the work we are doing in Kedarnath, we want to show how an ideal ‘Tirth Kshetra’ should be, how it should be pilgrim friendly and the well being of the priests should be given importance: Modi
- The floods of 2013 had made all of us extremely sad. That time I was not the Prime Minister, I was the Chief Minister of Gujarat. I came here to do all that I could for victims: Modi
- Jan Seva is Prabhu Seva. From this holy land of Kedarnath, I seek the blessings of Bhole Baba and pledge to devote myself fully to realising the dream of a developed India by the time we mark 75 years of freedom in 2022: Modi
- I am happy to be in Kedarnath, a day after Diwali. Today, Gujaratis are celebrating the start of a New Year. I convey my greetings to everyone around the world who mark the start of Nutan Varsh: Modi
He was welcomed at the Jollygrant airport by Uttarakhand Governor KK Paul, Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat and officials before heading for the Himalayan shrine.
This is the second visit of the Prime Minister to the shrine this season. He had visited it on May 3 when its gates had been reopened after the winter break.
With inputs from PTI