Dehradun: Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled a 12-foot-tall statue of Adi Shankaracharya in Kedarnath on Friday and also spent time meditating in front of the statue.
Made of chlorite schist, the Shankaracharya statue, weighing 35 tons, was built in the seer’s samadhi sthal which was remodeled after suffering heavy damage in the 2013 flood. “The principles and teachings of Adi Shankaracharya are of immense importance in the present day. His life was extraordinary because it was devoted to the well-being of the common man, ”said the Prime Minister, adding that“ the faithful of the seer are present here in spirit ”, referring to the simultaneous broadcast of the event to jyotirlingas and mathematics established by the ancient seer.
Among the development projects, estimated at around Rs 225 crore, which the Prime Minister inaugurated in Kedarnath included the retaining wall of the Saraswati river, the Aastha road and the ghats, the Tirth Purohit houses, the Mandakini retaining wall and the Aastha Road, and the Garud Chatti Bridge over Mandakini.
In addition, the Prime Minister laid the foundation stone for several projects worth Rs 180 crore. These projects included the redevelopment of the Sangam Ghat, a first aid and tourist animation center, an administrative office and a hospital, two guest houses, a police station, a command and control center, queue management. waiting area and the Mandakini aasthapath rain shelter and the Saraswati civic amenity building.
The Prime Minister in his speech spoke fondly of his connection with Kedarnath. “Every time I come here I feel connected to every part of the place. I feel privileged to have been able to have a darshan at the temple on the auspicious occasion of Govardhan Pooja. There are no words to describe the experience of sitting in front of the statue of Adi Guru Shankaracharya during his reconstructed samadhi.
He also thanked the CM and the state government for carrying out development work in Kedarnath, in particular praising the contribution of all the workers, who carried out the work despite unfavorable conditions.