Kedarnath, Nov 7 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi offered prayers at Kedarnath on shrine on the occasion of Diwali on Wednesday.
He also reviewed the reconstruction work of the Kedarnath temple which was devastated in the 2013 flash floods that killed thousands.
On Tuesday, 5,100 ‘diyas’ were lit together and arranged in rows around the temple and at all sacred spots close to it.
PM Modi also said India is taking great strides forward in defence. He spoke of various measures being taken for welfare of ex-servicemen, including One Rank, One Pension. He said that Indian Armed Forces draw admiration and appreciation from across the world, in UN peacekeeping operations.
Modi was in Harsil near the India-China border in Uttarakhand to celebrate Diwali with Army and ITBP personnel.
Greeting the jawans on the occasion, the prime minister said their devotion to duty in the remote icy heights, is enabling the strength of the nation, and securing the future and the dreams of 125 crore Indians, a statement from his office said
Later in the day, he will fly to Punjab border to celebrate Diwali with army jawans.
The Prime Minister flew into the state capital in a special Indian Air Force (IAF) plane. He was received at the Jolly Grant airport by Chief Minister Trivendra Rawat and other senior officials.
It has been snowing in the region for the past few days and the road from the VIP helipad to the shrine that had been covered with snow has been cleared.