Uttarakhand , Oct 20: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday offered prayers at the Himalayan shrine of Kedarnath.
While the Shiva shrine is deserted on the festival of light as most priests and shopkeepers go back to their homes to celebrate the festival, this time round it is the reverse.
— ANI (@ANI) October 20, 2017
The place has been decorated with electric lights and flowers and there is a lot of activity in the run up to the visit by Modi.
Kedarnath was ravaged by flash floods in 2013, claiming thousands of lives. Modi will lay the foundation stone for a new ‘Kedarpuri’.
Later in a day, Modi will also lay foundation stones for reconstruction of the ‘samadhi sthal’ of Adi Shankra and construction of a museum. Following this he is set to address public at the shrine.