PM Narendra Modi completes meditation in Kedarnath cave, says people should explore India

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PM Narendra Modi completes meditation in Kedarnath cave, says people should explore India
PM Narendra Modi in Kedarnath cave.

On Sunday morning, PM Narendra Modi has appeared from a cave in Kedarnath after spending the night of meditation for 17 hrs in this Uttarakhand temple town.

Speaking to the media, PM Modi said that he wanted Indians to discover different parts of the country and see the diversity.

“I want people of our nation to see the country. While I don’t have any objection to them traveling to foreign countries, but they should also travel to see the different places in our country,” he said.

“It has been my good fortune that I have been getting the opportunity to come here often. My development mission here is nature, environment, and tourism,” he added.

The PM also welcomed the devotees at Kedarnath before speaking to the media. 

The PM went to visit the Kedarnath shrine on the hills of Garhwal a day before the seventh and final Lok Sabha elections and offered prayers. Then he decided to meditate for 17 hrs and stay for the night in a cave.

Many people did not visit the cave at an isolated location. Only this last year some cave renovation work done by the Uttarakhand government, for giving the chamber an enhanced and attractive look.

The small cave having a chamber of 18 feet long and the 7 feet wide, can comfortably accommodate three people. Traditional hill architecture has been used to modify the structure. Cement and stone were replaced with cut stone to create the cave's outer wall.

The slate stone was used to make the roof. A toilet attached adds to the cave's luxury. The government of Uttarakhand is planning to develop many more such chambers for spiritual seekers to use.

Narendra Modi also evaluated the Kedarnath redevelopment projects, which were heavily damaged in the June 2013 flash floods, giving Himachal's traditional "Pahari cap" along with a gray suit with a saffron "gamchha" around his waist.

This is the fourth visit of PM Modi in the last two years to Kedarnath.

The PM is going to visit the Badrinath temple on Sunday before he is returning to Delhi in the afternoon.