Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi, who recently returned from a two-month sabbatical to go aggressive against the Narendra Modi Government over various issues, took a 16-km trek or Padayatra to reach Kedarnath Shrine and also offered prayers there.
Rahul, along with the Congress leaders started his padayatra from Dehradun yesterday. He covered 10km distance to reach Gaurikund and spent the night there. Rahul arrived at Kedarnath on Friday morning. He offered prayers at around 8:30 AM.
While speaking to the reporters, Rahul Gandhi said that he did not seek anything from Lord Shiva while offering prayers, but he felt immense power and fire. “I have come here to pay respects to those who lost their lives in 2013 tragedy,” he said.
The 8th Century Kedarnath Shrine is located at an altitude of 3,581 meters above seal level. The shrine closes in October-November and reopens in April-May. The flash floods and landslide in 2013, had devastated the region and also claimed the lives of thousands of people. It took almost two years to build the road network and other infrastructure. The ‘Char Dham’ Yatra resumed this year. The Uttarakhand Government did a commendable job to bring things back to normal.