The officials at Kedarnath believe that the viral photo of PM Modi meditating in the cave clad in a saffron shawl was a much-needed promotion.
Dehradun| Kedarnath-the holy shrine of Hindus is receiving an unusually large number of more pilgrims. Even during the monsoon season, the pilgrims are pouring in. This is the first time after the flash flood in 2012 that Kedarnath is receiving such unprecedented footfall, thanks to PM Modi. Officials say it was PM Modi’s visit to Kedarnath a day before the last phase of elections that led to the dramatical rise in the number of pilgrims visiting the shrine.
Officials at Kedarnath Shrine said that it has seen an unprecedented boost in pilgrims since PM Modi visited the temple before the last phase of the elections.
‘Dhyan Gufa’ popular among devotees:
Back in May, when PM Modi visited Kedarnath temple, he had meditated at Dhyan Gufa (Meditation Cave). The picture of him meditating inside the cave clad in a saffron robe had drawn much attention of the media. Later it was also revealed that the Dhyan Gufa is a paid facility where all the amenities are available.
Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam Ltd (GMVN) General Manager B L Rana said that since May, a large number of devotees are logging into the GMVN website daily to book the facility online. The bookings for meditation cave facility for the month of July are already full and advance bookings for different dates in August, September, and October have been done already. “Since the prime minister’s visit in May, not a single day has passed when the “Dhyan gufa” was not occupied by someone,” an official said.
More Meditation Caves:
Looking at the positive response from devotees, the district administration is now planning to three more such facilities in the nearby areas. Rudraprayag District Magistrate Mangesh Ghildiyal told PTI that they have already begun to work on one of the sites. For the other two caves locations are being identified on the surrounding hills.
For last one year, the meditation cave facility is operational but it was only after PM Modi’s visit on May 18th that the number of inquiries increased. The officials believe that the viral photo of PM Modi meditating in the cave was a much-needed promotion.
One million pilgrims in 2019:
Not only the meditation cave but PM Modi’s frequent visit to Kedarnath shrine has resulted in an overall increase in footfall. Last year, a total of 7,32,000 pilgrims visited Kedarnath. However, this year the shrine received a record 7,62,000 pilgrims in 50 days since opening on May 9. The Kedarnath yatra will conclude in the month of October. After that, it will remain closed for the devotees until next year. By then, the administration expects to cross one million pilgrims. “It will be the first time in the history of Kedarnath,” Ghildiyal said.