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Kedarnath Temple Covered in Mud and Slush due to Torrential Rain in June 2013

The famous Kedarnath Temple in Rudraprayag District of Uttarakhand bore the brunt of torrential rain on June 17, 2013 and was covered in mud and slush. A portion of the Kedarnath temple compound was washed away but news reports states that no damages were reported to the structure itself.  Ram Bada area, a busy spot near the temple, has been completely submerged and was not visible from rescue choppers. 

There is no clue regarding the number of deaths. Some reports suggest that there was a stampede in the temple when water started rising.

Chardham Yatra to Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri remains suspended.

Kedarnath Temple, part of the Chardham Yatra in Uttarakhand, is one among the 12 Jyotirlinga temples dedicated to Shiva in India. Located at an altitude of 11, 760 feet, the temple is more than thousand years old and was consecrated by Adi Shankaracharya.

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Unchecked commercialization of the place, encroachment of riverbed, greediness, loot and no concern and respect of nature had turned the spot into an environmental disaster. Man forgets that nature is a living system. It has its own methods to correct the wrong. This is just the beginning. We have done so much damage to nature that it will hit us back even more hardly. We just need to wait for the day.

Shiva is Bholenath - the innocent - but he is also Kal Bhairav to those who practice Adharma. 


  1. I happened to read this blog on Facebook and decided to comment, which I do not normally prefer doing....
    What have Hindus in particular got to do with this? U mean to say that non-Hindus are forbidden from entering this area? Or all the people out there are from the same community!
    Even I am a Hindu and I take utmost care to keep my surrounding clean and filth-free and know of quite a few people who make such conscious efforts irrespective of the place we visit....
    It would simply have sufficed to write 'we people' instead of making a personal remark!

  2. Rakshaa it is we Hindus who are not protecting our heritage. Take a look at Ganga. Look what is happening to Yamuna. It is our holy river and we simply have made it into a dumping ground. Look at most of the temple towns in India. It is filled with dirt and plastic. We need to wake up. You might not be polluting but millions of our brothers and sisters have no concern for nature.

  3. Corrupt politicians are the reason rivers are polluted. A lot of industrial waste goes into these 2 rivers and many politicians give blessings to the industrialists who pollute. Same about development along the river banks. Deforestation for development also means there are no tree roots holding soil.
    It is not just Hindus that pollute river.People from other religions are also polluting our rivers in many ways. So, this is a responsibility of Indians as a whole to protect and care for rivers.


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