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Bramha Kamal to greet pilgims at renovated Kedarnath in Uttarakhand

Brahma Kamals with their light yellow buds swaying in breeze will greet pilgrims when they will visit Kedarnath next year. Known as ‘Dev Pushp’ (divine flower), the light yellow flower blooms at night

dehradun Updated: Dec 13, 2017 20:16 IST
Deep Joshi
Deep Joshi
Hindustan Times
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Kedarnarth shrine will be beautified under a reconstruction project. (HT File Photo.)

Brahma Kamals with their light yellow buds swaying in breeze will greet pilgrims when they will visit Kedarnath next year. Known as ‘Dev Pushp’ (divine flower), the light yellow flower blooms at night. Ash smeared ‘sadhus’ (hermits) lost in deep meditation in the quiet of the Himalayan caves may also await pilgrims.

“When the annual (Chardham) yatra starts next year, several beautiful sights may greet pilgrims visiting Kedarnath. Plans are afoot to give a complete makeover to the shrine town,”Rudraprayag district magistrate Mangesh Ghildiyal told Hindustan Times.

The beautification would be done under the Kedarnath reconstruction project — the foundation stone of which was laid by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on October 20. The rebuilding began four years after it was struck by the flashfloods in 2013.

“Beautification will be carried out in tandem with its rebuilding,” he said, adding work would be carried out strictly in keeping with the vision of the Prime Minister.

Elaborating, Ghildiyal mentioned the scheme would have two components. “Under the first component, a complete landscaping of the area on the right side of the temple will be carried out,” he said adding, it was the area where rocks and boulders were left behind by the flashfloods. According to him, this entire 7,500 sq metre area was spared for beautification and landscaping.

“In that entire area, we will be developing a ‘Brahma Vatika’ (garden) where plants of the state flower will be planted,” he said, referring to Brahma Kamal (Saussurea obvallata). “Along with ‘Brahma Kamal’, blue poppy will be grown in the garden.”. Blue Poppy is also known as Queen of Himalayan flowers.

According to Ghildiyal, the idea of developing ‘Brahma Vatika’ was suggested by chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat during his recent visit to Kedarnath. The idea of renovating the existing caves was suggested by Modi when he laid the foundation stone. “During his interactions with officials, he (Modi) recalled having seen a number of caves in the vicinity of Kedarnath during his stay long back.” Sadhus who “prefer to stay in the quiet of the Himalayan caves, remain engaged” in meditation, he said.

“We will clear the caves of rocks and debris left behind the flash floods, besides searching for new caves.” Most such caves are along the 3 km Kedarnath-Garudchatti route. “That entire route will soon be reconstructed and will be ready before the pilgrimage starts next year,” Ghildiyal said.

First Published: Dec 13, 2017 20:16 IST