The Kedarnath temple in the Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand witnessed a special event when PM Modi recently pays his obeisance to Lord Shiva in the temple. He was there to inaugurate a 12-foot statue of Adi Guru Shankaracharya and other re-development projects worth Rs 130 crores.
The event grabbed the limelight with PM Modi’s enlightening speech that talked about how even today Guru Adi Shankaracharya’s principles are applicable today. As he unveiled the reconstructed statue, he said, “All maths and ‘jyotirlingas’ in the country are connected with us today”. He also talked about the havoc caused by the floods in 2013 and dream projects to re-build Uttarakhand.
He affirmed that he has been closely monitoring and reviewing the redevelopment projects through drone footage at Kedarnath. Pushkar Singh Dhami, the state’s chief minister, along with other senior officials, accompanied PM Modi during the event.
The chief minister stated that in the last five years, the state has witnessed many development projects, under the leadership of the Prime Minister and many other projects are underway like a railway project and Char Dham all-weather road.
As per the officials, the Mysore-based sculptors reconstructed the statue of Guru Shankaracharya that weighs 35 tonnes and was made from a rock called chlorite schist that can withstand harsh climate conditions.
Saraswati Retaining Wall Aasthapath and Ghats, Mandakini Retaining Wall Aasthapath, Garud Chatti bridge on river Mandakini and Tirth Purohit Houses are some of the projects that were launched.
As per the news agency reports, he performed ‘aarti’, offered prayers and sat inside the sanctum sanctorum of the Kedarnath temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and also took the circumambulation of the 8th-century temple post worshipping.