Kedarnath: Offering prayers at Kedarnath shrine the Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said, his visit to the Himalayan temple had strengthened his resolve to serve the nation.

After offering ‘Rudrabhishek’ at the high altitude shrine,the Prime Minister said,serving people was true service of the lord.

 Modi laid the foundation stones of five major reconstruction projects at Kedarpuri which include improved facilities for devotees, construction of retaining walls and ghats at the Mandakini and Saraswati rivers, an approach road to the shrine and reconstructing Adi Guru Shankaracharya’s tomb which was devastated in the 2013 deluge.

He described the projects as ambitious and expensive but said there would be no dearth of funds to ensure that they are completed in a time-bound manner.

When the tragedy had struck n 2013,Modi had offered to take the responsibility of reconstructing areas surrounding the temple as chief minister of Gujarat.

“The then Uttarakhand chief minister had also agreed in principle.But the then government at the Centre apparently had reservations about it and I had to return, However, perhaps Baba (Lord Shiva) had decided that the reconstruction around Kedarnath will be done by Baba’s son only,” he said.

Modi had also visited in May when the portals of the Himalayan shrine were reopened for devotees after remaining closed for six months for the winters.