Since becoming the Prime Minister, Modi has visited Kedarnath Dham 6 times so far. Earlier on 3 May 2017, 30 October 2017, 7 November 2018, 18 May 2019 and 5 November 2021, Prime Minister had visited Kedarnath. It is clear that Modi, who visited Kedarnath 5 times in the tenure of 8 years of the central government, has a deep attachment from here. Even before becoming PM, he had visited here many times. Kedarnath and Lord Shankar are, in fact, deeply connected to Modi’s spiritual consciousness. This relationship is from the days of his youth, when he did not even enter politics.
Modi a devotee of Lord Shankar
Everyone knows about Modi’s unwavering faith in Lord Shankar. Whether it was the restoration of Kashi Vishwanath Dham or the Mahakal temple in Ujjain, Modi showed personal interest in both the projects, so his devotion towards Mahadev was behind it. Due to this, after becoming the Prime Minister, he also took up the responsibility of renovating Kedarnath Dham, which was devastated in the tragedy of 2013, and also kept visiting Kedarpuri from time to time to inspect the work being done for it.
Old relation with Kedarnath
The relationship of Prime Minister Modi with Kedarnath Dham is said to be very old. It is said that when the PM was in his youth, he left home in search of peace and God. During this, he lived in the Himalayan hills for about three years. He spent all his time in penance and meditation. During this, PM Modi had spent a lot of time in the snowy plains of Kedarnath. It is said that during this time a monk advised him to do social service citing his youth, after which Modi returned to Gujarat.
Birth in the shrine of Mahadev
It was only after this that Modi chose the path of public service through politics. It is because of the proximity of the Himalayas and Kedarnath that the Prime Minister’s speeches and thoughts sometimes have a spiritual glimpse. Born in Vadnagar, which is called a big pilgrimage of Lord Shiva, Modi has a deep attachment to Mahadev. Perhaps this could be the reason why he chose Varanasi, the city of Lord Bholenath, as the arena when he entered the parliamentary elections for the first time after becoming the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate in 2014.
Reconstruction of Kedarnath Dham
Even after becoming the Prime Minister, the process of Modi’s visit to the pagodas continued. Shortly before when he became the PM, there was a terrible disaster in Kedarnath. From the time he took office, the plan for the restoration of Kedarnath Dham was in his mind. He also started work for it and in the meantime whenever he got the chance, he went to visit Kedarnath. During one of his visits here, he said that what would be the greater virtue of life than getting the privilege of serving the soil of Kedarnath, whose winds nurtured me? He called the reconstruction work in Kedarnath a combination of modernity with eternal and gave full credit to Lord Shankar. He said that a person cannot take credit for such works. Only God’s grace deserves it.
Meditation in Rudra Cave before counting of votes
Kedarnath and Modi’s relationship had created a big buzz when Modi reached Kedarpuri 5 days before the counting of votes for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Here he worshiped Lord Shiva in the Rudra cave for 17 hours and meditated wearing saffron clothes. After this he again became the Prime Minister of the country. The Prime Minister has often described himself as the son of Mahakal in his speeches. Arriving at the Kumbh Mela in Ujjain, he had said that the call of Mahakal had come, so how could this son live without coming. Apart from Kedarnath, he has also been visiting Sarnath, Kashi Vishwanath, Mahakal temple in Ujjain for darshan.
5 days of exile before Diwali
PM Modi had learned solitude from the Himalayas and Kedarnath. In his interview to Humans of Bombay in the year 2019, he had told that he likes to go to a secluded place every year on Diwali. He had said that he goes to a place four-five days before Diwali, where there is no one. This place can be a forest, or a place where there is clean water and there are no people. In these five days, he stays away from radio, TV, internet and even newspapers. Modi told that solitude gives him strength to lead a life and during this he meets himself. This time PM is going to Kedarnath before Diwali.
Kedarnath tour itinerary
At present, the purpose of the Prime Minister’s visit to Kedarnath Dham is not only darshan-worship. He is going to lay the foundation stone of several development projects here. PM Modi will reach Kedarnath Dham on the morning of 21 October. First of all, at 8.30 in the morning, he will do darshan and worship in the temple. After this, Kedarnath-Sonprayag ropeway will be inaugurated at 9 o’clock. Will have darshan of Shankaracharya’s samadhi at 9.10 pm. After inspecting the Mandakini Aastha Path at 9.25 o’clock, he will inspect the Saraswati Aastha Path at 9.45 am. During this, the PM will also meet the laborers and then leave for Badrinath Dham by helicopter.