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Uttarakhand Governor KK Paul and Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat greeted the Prime Minister as he walked down a short flight of steps from a white Indian Air Force plane.
The Kedarnath shrine of Lord Shiva has been decked up with bright, colourful flowers; the priests there welcomed the Prime Minister before he offered prayers.
"From this holy land of Kedarnath, I seek the blessings of Bhole Baba and pledge to devote myself fully to realising the dream of a developed India by the time we mark 75 years of freedom in 2022," PM Modi told a gathering of officials, priests and locals at the mountain shrine.
"We are building quality infrastructure in Kedarnath. It will be modern but traditional ethos will be preserved," PM Modi said.
The Himalayas have so much to offer- for spiritual pursuits, for the nature lover, for those interested in adventure, water sports. I invite everyone to come and explore the Himalayas: PM @narendramodi- PMO India (@PMOIndia) October 20, 2017
With winter approaching, the annual Chardham yatra in Uttarakhand which sees lakhs of people make a beeline for the four shrines in the upper reaches of Uttarakhand starting April-May, has started winding down.
The first to close for the winter was Hemkund Sahib, which lies at an elevation of over 15,000 feet in Chamoli district, on October 10 amid the chanting of the holy scripture Gurbani.
The shrines in Gangotri and Yamunotri, the source of the Ganga and the Yamuna rivers, opened in April this year. While the Gangotri shrine closed today, Yamnotri and Kedarnath will close tomorrow.
On Dussehra, the closing date for Badrinath was announced as November 19. The gates of Madhyamaheshwar and Tungnath will close on November 22 and October 27, respectively, officially ending the Chardham pilgrimage for 2017.