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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.