PM Modi claimed himself to be a part of Patanjali family and thanked Ramdev for the 'Rashtra Rishi' honour. He also claimed that Ramdev had made Yoga a potent force and now the whole world celebrates International Yoga Day on June 21.
Earlier, PM Modi visited the Kedarnath temple and offered prayers after the portals of the sacred Himalayan shrine opened after a six month-long winter break. Breaking the security protocol, PM Modi was seen meeting and greeting people present at the temple premises. Kedarnath is the most important of the four Himalayan shrines on the Chardham circuit.
Accompanied by Uttarakhand Governor K K Paul and Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat, Modi arrived in an army chopper at the helipad built close to the temple and headed straight for the shrine located at a height of over 11000 ft.
As it happened at Patanjali Yogpeeth and Kedarnath
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Chhota sa kaam bas 'Mai gandagi nahin karunga': PM Narendra Modi at Patanjali Research Institute,Patanjali Yogpeeth in Haridwar pic.twitter.com/NdCrT2TPKk— ANI (@ANI_news) May 3, 2017
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Preventive healthcare needs to be stressed on. We all have to decide and pledge 'Mai gandagi nahin karunga': PM Modi in Haridwar
Koi bada sankalp lene ki zaroorat nahi, faansi pe latakne ki zarurat nahi, seema par jaake jawanon ki tarah marne mitne ki zaroorat nhi: PM pic.twitter.com/STXKQcjLSb— ANI (@ANI_news) May 3, 2017
Baba Ramdev has made the world realise the power of Yoga: PM
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Preventive healthcare needs to be stressed on. We all have to decide and pledge 'Mai gandagi nahin karunga': PM Modi in Haridwar pic.twitter.com/kso76jUTwH— ANI (@ANI_news) May 3, 2017
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I have complete faith in the blessings of the people of India. They are a source of energy: PM Modi
I am grateful to Patanjali family for the honor of being termed 'Rashtra Rishi': PM Modi
I was fortunate to offer prayers at Kedarnath temple: PM Modi
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PM Modi inaugurates Yoga guru Ramdev's Patanjali Research Institute in Haridwar
PM Modi arrives in Haridwar, to inaugurate Patanjali Research Institute at Patanjali Yogpeeth
PM Modi breaks security protocol, meets and greets people at Kedarnath temple
Portals of Kedarnath thrown open, Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits the temple
Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Kedarnath temple in Uttarakhand, gifted a miniature replica of the temple. pic.twitter.com/BJo32gbBA5— ANI (@ANI_news) May 3, 2017
Prime Minister Narendra Modi offers prayers at Kedarnath temple in Uttarakhand pic.twitter.com/lIAA4qYXfy— ANI (@ANI_news) May 3, 2017
Uttarakhand: Portals of Kedarnath thrown open, Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits the temple pic.twitter.com/7bYZNbW7Uk— ANI (@ANI_news) May 3, 2017
PM Narendra Modi offers prayers at Kedarnath temple
PM Narendra Modi reaches Kedarnath temple
Uttarakhand: Portals of the Kedarnath Temple to be thrown open for devotees today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi to offer prayers shortly pic.twitter.com/Et8Yh6Ek0O— ANI (@ANI_news) May 3, 2017
Visuals of Kedarnath temple, wjhere PM Modi is scheduled to visit shortly
Prime Minister Narendra Modi to arrive at Kedarnath Temple in Uttarakhand shortly pic.twitter.com/4791jHwX2n— ANI (@ANI_news) May 3, 2017
Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives in Dehradun, will visit Kedarnath Temple shortly pic.twitter.com/CodWSunIKg— ANI (@ANI_news) May 3, 2017
-Prime Minister Narendra Modi will also inaugurate Patanjali Research Institute at Patanjali Yogpeeth, Haridwar during his Uttarakhand visit
-Prime Minister Narendra Modi to visit Uttarakhand today, will offer prayers at Kedarnath Temple
Tomorrow I will be visiting Dev Bhoomi Uttarakhand. I will begin my Uttarakhand visit by praying at the Kedarnath Temple.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) May 2, 2017
I will be inaugurating the Patanjali Research Institute at Patanjali Yogpeeth, Haridwar tomorrow, 12 noon onwards. @yogrishiramdev— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) May 2, 2017
(With inputs from agencies)
The temple doors were opened at 8.50 AM and the prime minister arrived just about half an hour later to offer prayers and perform a ‘rudrabhishek’ in the sanctum sanctorum of the centuries old shrine.
After 20 minutes, Modi, who was wearing a brown overcoat, emerged out of the temple and waved to the crowds waiting outside for a glimpse of the Prime Minister.
He was gifted a shawl, a rudraksha, a wooden replica of the temple and books on the Himalayas by the priests of the temple as he came out of the shrine.
He did a ‘parikrama’ of the Nandi statue outside the temple before making way through the crowds to convoy that was to take him back to the helipad.
The Prime Minister also went to the spot where a huge rock named Bhimshila had rolled down from the mountains in the wake of the June 2013 deluge and got stuck at the back of the temple.
Christened Bhimshila after the tragedy, also known as the Himalayan Tsunami, the truck sized rock is credited with protecting the shrine from major damage.