Ahead of PM"s visit, Dhami reviews preparations in Kedarnath

  • | Wednesday | 3rd November, 2021

Dehradun, Nov 3 (PTI) Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami on Wednesday visited Kedarnath to review the preparations in view of Prime Minister Narendra Modi"s visit to the Himalayan temple on November 5. Modi is scheduled to inaugurate and lay the foundation stone of Kedarpuri reconstruction projects worth Rs 400 crore during his visit. The prime minister will inaugurate the rebuilt "samadhi" of Adi Guru Shankaracharya besides unveiling a grand statue of the 8th century seer at the temple during his visit which will be telecast live. The samadhi of Adi guru Shankaracharya was damaged in the 2013 deluge at Kedarnath. Accompanied by Cabinet colleagues Harak Singh Rawat and Subodh Uniyal, Dhami took stock of all the projects underway at the temple. "All preparations are complete. Some minor things which remain will be completed by Wednesday evening," Dhami said. "The prime minister"s vision is to develop Devbhoomi as the world"s spiritual and cultural capital where people from across the globe gather for peace," Dhami told reporters in Kedarnath. Redevelopment of Kedarnath on such a large scale is a step towards implementing that vision, he said. "It is a proud moment for us. The prime minister has done things in Kedarnath which no one even thought of for hundreds of years," he said, adding PM Modi"s faith in Baba Kedar is absolute. Dhami"s visit to the Himalayan temple along with his cabinet colleagues is also being seen as an attempt to pacify the teerth-purohits who have been aggressively demanding dissolution of the Chardham Devasthanam Board. They recently hooted and waved black flags to former chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat, during whose tenure the Devasthanam Board was created, forcing him to return from Kedarnath without having a darshan. Chardham teerth purohits feel that the board is an infringement of their traditional rights over the temples. When queried about whether the priests are unhappy, Dhami said there is no such thing. "Our visit took place in a very cordial atmosphere and they (priests)  are waiting to welcome the prime minister," he said. PTI ALM CK

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