21 June 2013

Kedarnath–the worst tragedy ever…





Kedarnath Shrine struck with worst tragedy ever !

Kedarnath Temple is one of the holy Hindu temples dedicated to Lord Shiva and is located on the Garhwal Himalayan range near the Mandakini river in Kedarnath, Uttarakhand The most remote of the four Char Dham sites, Kedarnath is located in the Himalayas, about 3,584 m (11,759 ft) above sea level near Chorabari Glacier, the head of river Mandakini, and is flanked by breathtaking snow-capped peaks.


The town suffered extensive destruction on 17 June 2013 from flash floods caused by torrential rains in Uttarakhand state.The massive floods at Kedarnath have left behind a trail of death and destruction in the entire valley stretching from the temple town to Gaurikund and further downstream. Abuzz with pilgrims till last week, the 1,200-year-old shrine now stands alone amid a sea of debris.


Mr Timir R. Shah shares here a Maximum Card of Kedarnath from his collection. One can see the actual Kedarnath temple and the temple after disaster.

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Kedarnath Temple Before and After  Disaster

"There is nothing left in Kedarnath now except the temple. "It was shocking to watch a place bustling with people metamorphose in a matter of a few hours into an island of death and destruction," a visitor says..

There were about 8,000 people there on the fateful night when the calamity struck. 4,000 mule herders were present with their animals to ferry the devotees, but now all that is visible there is water and a lonely shrine surrounded by the debris of collapsed structures…..Hotels, shops, houses have all vanished…

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Appropriate coverage.

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