Modi in Badrinath: After meditation in Kedarnath cave, Modi offers prayers at temples in Badrinath, shakes hands with devotees & locals

Badrinath: Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid obeisance at Badrinath Temple, during his two-day pilgrimage to Himalayan shrines, in Chamoli district, on Sunday.

Modi offered prayers at the Badrinath temple on Sunday, the last day of his two-day visit to Uttarakhand.

He reached Badrinath after spending around 20 hours at the Himalayan shrine of Kedarnath.

Modi offered prayers at the innermost sanctum in Badrinath, another temple in Uttarakhand’s “char dham” religious circuit, dedicated to Lord Vishnu.

Badrinath-Kedarnath Temple Committee chief Mohan Prasad Thapliyal said the prime minister offered prayers at the temple for around 20 minutes and was given a greeting card made on a “bhojpatra” (birch leaves) by the temple’s priests.

He was also given a shawl by the residents of Mana village, he said.

The prime minister took a walk inside the temple complex and later, shook hands with the devotees and locals, Thapliyal said, adding that Modi also met pilgrims waiting near the shrine.

Members of the committee met the prime minister at the shrine’s guest house and submitted a memorandum stressing upon the need to expand the temple’s premises and improving telecommunication services at Badrinath.

Modi asked temple authorities to play an active role in providing better facilities to pilgrims visiting the shrine, Thapliyal said.

The prime minister reached Badrinath on an Indian Air Force helicopter, which landed at an army helipad near the shrine, and reached the temple by road, he said, adding that stringent security arrangements were in place.

On Saturday, Modi offered prayers for around 30 minutes at the Himalayan shrine of Kedarnath, a day after campaigning for the general election came to a close.

Modi also took stock of development work in the temple town.