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Ancient Kedarnath Temple Survives Himalayan ‘Tsunami’

By June 25, 2013

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Every year, from May to October thousands of Hindu pilgrims trek to the holy Kedarnath Temple, located in the Himalayas 11,753 feet above sea level surrounded by ice-clad peaks. But this year was different. Flash floods and landslides triggered by heavy monsoon rains in northern India came and devastated the sacred land of Lord Shiva closing down one of India's most important Hindu pilgrimages, the Char Dham Yatra in Uttarakhand, the state worst hit by a natural disaster that was waiting to happen owing to deforestation, urbanization, and irresponsible religious tourism.

According to government estimates at least 5,000 people were killed in the deluge although the death toll could be more than double the official figure. At least 12,000 people were rescued from Uttarakhand last week raising the number of the rescued to over 80,000. Rescue operations are still on despite inclement weather and more than 26,500 pilgrims were rescued by the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) rescue teams until now.

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Read Full Article: About the Kedarnath Temple and how it survived the catastrophe

Comments
June 25, 2013 at 1:16 pm
(1) Aju Mukhopadhyay says:

Yes the greedy enemies of nature have destroyed nature for selfish ends so it is a retribution- man is far inferior to nature- triumphant only when it allows man to go ahead- helpless with all science and technology.

Aju Mukhopadhyay

June 25, 2013 at 3:33 pm
(2) Ganesh Chaturvedi says:

All developments in the world for supply of Electric, water, trans[ort communication and aviation etc can be termed to be against nature.. When these facilities are being used where is the need to blame the persons doing such developments Such destructions are to be faced with courage and not by blaming others. You may join in the rescue work personally or by donations. Ganesh Chaturvedi at Chicago.

June 26, 2013 at 9:01 am
(3) mallela gandhi says:

we 90 persons heldup at karnaprayag.we spent 30hrs in our buses in rainy conditions.no person from govt,political party,volentry organigation,helped the victims.

June 27, 2013 at 5:54 am
(4) nityadas says:

A human being could not keep Ganga-Jamuna the holy rivers clean;
Then Lord Shiva did it. After all everything i.e. Jiva and Prakruti both belong to Him only. He waited…. waited… and lastly took decision.

July 2, 2013 at 11:14 am
(5) shantie maharaj says:

our scripture always maintain whenver adharma is plentiful he will appear and restore dharma. perhaps this is just the case as many sordid activities were taking place in the environs of uttarkhand. to the detractors who criticised the deluge ought to know that these souls karmic actions brought them to a place of tiraat to end their mundane existence. calamities occur on the universe the world over no one says god in his infinite form is wicked. why then most bloggers condemn our great method of worship as idolators and stone worshipper. luckily the very stone came and formed a barrier to encage our beloved kedarnath temple. for those whose faith waivered you need to understand lord shiva yet protected you for greater yields to come. we must not only wager blessings in its materialistic form perhaps inclusive of divine awareness. lord shiva came and washed away the sins and hope man heeds this attempt of divinity in its entirety. this event has only augmented my state of belief system in my sweet lord shankar. man open your eyes and dont criticise others but embrace the beauty of difference in all. vande mataram. as hindus we dont have to keep proving the efficacy of our faith as it stands the test of time. despite the atrocities of the invaders and the british.

July 3, 2013 at 12:27 am
(6) Jawahar Pandita says:

This year’s fury has restored Kedar shrine to its original form. All encroachments which almost hid the temple are gone. Just see old photographs of the place. Loss of human and animal lives is the price paid and same is regretted

July 14, 2013 at 2:12 am
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July 23, 2013 at 2:07 am
(8) Raj says:

there may be many reasons for this tragedy, but it’s natural tragedy of nature. support by donating. they need & your responsibility.

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