Sharmili Mallick

Leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Odisha performed the ‘Mahodadhi Alati’, took part in Nagar Kirtan and various processions in Puri on Friday morning as part of the party’s nationwide programme marking the inauguration of a 12-foot statue of Adi Guru Shankaracharya by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the premises of the Kedarnath Temple in Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand.

Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, Puri MLA Jayant Sarangi, BJP National Vice President Baijayant Panda, BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra were among the top leaders from the State who were present at the functions.

As part of the nationwide programme, the BJP had organised several events at the four Dhams associated with Adi Shankaracharya, including Puri (Odisha), Srinegeri (Karnataka), Dwarka (Gujarat) and Jyotirmath (Uttarakhand), apart from the 12 Jyotirlingas, including the Somnath Temple in Gujarat and Kashi Vishwanath Temple in Varanasi, and 87 other prominent temples that were built along the route taken by the Adi Shankaracharya during his travels across the country.

“Was fortunate to perform Shri “Samudra Pujan” in Shri Jagannath Puri before Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi ji’s historic program in Kedarnath ji. Adi Shankaracharya ji had established the Shri Govardhan Peeth in Puri Dham. Jai Jagannath. Jai Shankaracharya Ji,” tweeted Patra.

Big LED screens were also put up at all these sacred sites for the live screening of the PM’s program from Kedarnath.

 “Thrilled to join from Jagannath Dham Puri, thousands across India with PM Narendra Modi at Kedarnath & Bhagwan Adi Shankaracharya’s Samadhi Sthal. Present here were Sants, Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, BJP Spokesperson Samit Patra, BJP MLAs, office bearers & others,” said Panda in a tweet.

Before the inauguration, the Prime Minister offered prayers and performed 'Aarti' at the ancient Kedarnath temple.

PM Modi also inaugurated a plethora of projects, including the rebuilt Samadhi (resting place) of Adi Shankaracharya. The Samadhi suffered extensive damage during the 2013 flood near the Mandakini, a tributary of the Ganga, in Rudraprayag district. The eighth-century seer Shankaracharya had attained Moksha (enlightenment) at Kedarnath.