After meditation, he urged people to explore India
A day before the seventh and last phase Lok Sabha elections, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the Kedarnath shrine on the Garhwal hills and offered prayers.
He then chose to meditate in a cave and spend the night there, reports The Statesman.
Speaking to the media, Modi said he would want Indians to explore different parts of the country and see the diversity.
“I want people of our nation to see the country. While I do not have any objection to them travelling to foreign countries, but they should also travel to see the different places in our country,” he said.
You do meditation sitting on the floor, not on a 5-star style hotel bed!— Ashok Swain (@ashoswai) May 18, 2019
Monk Meditation is not the same as Modi Meditation. pic.twitter.com/8Jm4JX6ZGc
Modi added: “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.”
Before speaking to the media, the prime minister also greeted devotees at Kedarnath.
Located at an isolated spot, the cave was not visited by many. The Uttarakhand government did some renovation work on the cave in 2018, giving the chamber an improved and attractive look.
#Photos | After performing rituals at Kedarnath temple, Prime Minister Narendra Modi trekked 2 kms to immerse in meditation in a cave till tomorrow morning— News Nation (@NewsNationTV) May 18, 2019
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The small cave – an 18-feet-long and seven-feet-wide chamber – can comfortably accommodate three persons.
Traditional hill architecture was used for modification of the structure. Cement and stone used to create the outside wall of the cave were replaced with cut stone. The roof was made with slate stone. An attached toilet adds to the luxury to the cave.
The Uttarakhand government plans to develop many more such chambers, to be utilized by spiritual seekers.
This is pure desperation!— S Rajasekar #ChowkidarChorHai (@srspdkt) May 19, 2019
It goes to show that Modi isn't returning to power and is now doing all this drama to gain a few seats in the last phase of elections.What a fabulous designer cave. Do I spot a bed sheet? 5 star meditation with ANI #MuteModi pic.twitter.com/pA2JRihkC2
Donning the traditional “pahari cap” of Himachal along with a grey suit with a saffron “gamchha” around his waist, Narendra Modi also reviewed the redevelopment projects at Kedarnath, which was extensively damaged in the June 2013 flashfloods.
He held a meeting with Chief Secretary Utpal Kumar to discuss the projects.
It is a 5 _star cave and 7_star meditation,hence the glasses .Why should they surprise you so much? Haven't you seen this poor man moving on a red carpet ,imported from Persia ,majestically on way to Kedarnath temple??— K Arun (@ArunKum38053152) May 19, 2019
Modi hai to kuchh bhi mumkin hai . pic.twitter.com/Wd36j3YFhm
This is Modi’s fourth visit to Kedarnath in the past two years.
He will also visit the Badrinath temple on Sunday before returning to Delhi later in the afternoon.
The Election Commission gave its nod to Modi’s visit to Kedarnath and Badrinath shrines while “reminding” the PMO that the model code of conduct is still in force.