Diwali with soldiers: PM Modi arrives in Kedarnath

Diwali with soldiers: PM Modi arrives in Kedarnath

Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived at Kedarnath in Uttarakhand on Wednesday and offered his prayers at the temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Then he extended Diwali greetings to soldiers who were posted on the India-China border.

According to a statement from his office, the prime minister told soldiers that to duty in the remote icy heights, is enabling the strength of the nation, and securing the future and the dreams of 125 crore Indians.

Earlier today, Prime Minister Modi greeted the people on Diwali with his tweet, "Happy Diwali! May this festival bring happiness, good health and prosperity in everyone's lives. May the power of good and brightness always prevail!"

Last night, the prime minister had an interesting exchange with his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu on twitter. Mr Netanyahu posted a tweet in Hindi wishing his "dear friend" PM Modi on Diwali, to which the Indian prime minister replied in Hebrew.

"On behalf of the people of Israel, I would like to wish my dear friend @narendramodi and the people of India a joyous Diwali. May this luminous festival of lights bring you happiness and prosperity. Reply to this tweet with the name of the city where you're celebrating!" Mr Netanyahu wrote in Hindi and English.

PM Modi replied to the Israeli Prime Minister in Hebrew and English saying, "Bibi, my friend, and thank you so much for the Diwali wishes. Every year, I visit our border areas and surprise our troops. This year too, will spend Diwali with our brave troops. Spending time with them is special. I will share photos of the same tomorrow evening. :)".