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Curse of Goddess Dhari Devi and Uttarakhand Floods – Coincidence or Warning

There is a talk among local people that the flood in Uttarakhand in June 2013 is due to the anger of Goddess Dhari Devi. She is the guardian deity of the region. On June 16, 2013, the murti of Goddess Dhari Devi was evicted to construct a hydel power project. Government plans to shift the temple. Hours before the cloud burst and flash flood, the government had removed the visible part of the murti from the temple. Is it a mere coincidence or warning? Is it a warning by Mother Earth to stop looting her. 

Goddess Dhari Devi is a guardian deity and is believed to be the manifestation of Goddess Kali. She is the protector of the Hills and the living beings that reside there. She is also the guardian of the Char Dham Temples.

People are of the view that the region faced the floods and rain due to the ire of Goddess Dhari Devi.

The temple was located around 19 km from Srinagar in Pauri Garhwal.

Zee News reports 
As per believers, Uttarakhand had to face the Goddess’ ire as she was shifted from her ‘mool sthan’ (original abode) to make way for a 330 MW hydel project that now lies in ruins. A similar attempt in 1882 by a local king had resulted in a landslide that had flattened Kedarnath.
People are opposed to the plan to relocate the Dhari Devi temple from its original site on a small island in the middle of the River Alaknanda. 
The legend says that only the upper half of an idol of goddess Kali is called “Dhari Devi’ while her torso is worshipped as a ‘Shree Yantra’ at Kalimath Temple near Guptkashi. As per local lore, Dhari Devi changes in appearance during the day from a girl, to a woman, and then to an old lady. Only a visit to both the temples makes the darshan of the Goddess complete. 
As per reports, the original plan was to cut the upper half of the island and shift it to a higher location. However, owing to the lack of logistics required to carry out such a mammoth task, the plan was later altered and it was decided that only the visible part of the idol would be shifted.