Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi felt “fire like” energy in the Kedarnath Temple, which is located at the foothill of Himalaya. The Congress Vice-president, who is in Uttarakhand visited the holy site, and said he was there to pay respect to the victims of the 2013 flood in the region and did not ask for anything. He further said that he felt “fire like” energy after entering the auspicious shrine.
Speaking to the media person, Rahul said, “Usually when I go to a temple, I don’t wish for anything. That is my habit. I went to the temple and did not ask anything. But when I went inside, I experienced some fire-like energy,” he said.
The congress vice president who was accompanied by Uttarakhand chief minister Harish Rawat and other Congress leaders trekked a distance of 17 kms to reach the shrine. He said he had two motives to visit the shrine on foot.
“First was to pay respect the people who lost their lives here. In 2013 I came here and saw myself what happened here. So I thought if I go Kedarnath in a helicopter it will be disrespectful to them. I thought the way those pilgrims came here, I should come here the same way.”
“Second motive is that a lot of people work here. Porters are here, they have carried your cameras here. They carry things and people. They are facing a lot of difficulties and are in fear. They are in fear because a tragedy had occurred here and also the tourists who come here are facing a lot of discomfort and fear. So I thought if I walk, then our brothers, who are here, it will be advantageous for them. People will come and their fears will be reduced a bit,” the 44-year-old parliamentarian said.
Rahul Gandhi, visiting the site, said the shrine is now safe for pilgrims to visit. Kedarnath Temple, located on the Garhwal Himalayan range near famous Mandakini River in Kedarnath of Uttarakhand state was devastated in flash floods two years ago and has since been restored.