By OUR STAFF REPORTER
DEHRADUN, 5 Oct: Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Uttarakhand, Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami reached Kedarnath this morning and had darshan of the Deity. During his stay at the Kedarnath Shrine, he also inspected the reconstruction works being undertaken there with Central funds. This was his first visit to Kedarnath after taking over as Chief Minister. He was earlier scheduled to visit Kedarnath but had to cancel the trip due to inclement weather. The CM was welcomed at the helipad by the officials of the Devasthanam Board and the district administration, as well as the Teerth Purohits. The Chief Minister also inspected the reconstruction work at the Samadhi Sthal of Adi Shankaracharya. It may be recalled that his visit scheduled in the past to visit Kedarnath had been postponed thrice earlier due to bad weather. Today’s visit to Kedarnath assumes special importance in view of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Uttarakhand scheduled for 7 October. At the present, Modi’s itinerary is not fixed as yet. While it is not clear whether Modi will visit Kedarnath, one of his favourite pilgrimage spots, during his upcoming visit but a sudden addition of Kedarnath to his itinerary can’t be ruled out. The last time, it was in 2019 that he had visited Kedarnath and had even had an overnight stay there. The PM is scheduled to attend the inauguration programme of the Oxygen Plant at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Rishikesh. Before the PM’s visit, discussions have started within the state administration of his possible visit to Kedarnath.