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Tragedy in Kedarnath, Uttaranchal, India

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Kedarnath (Hindi: केदारनाथ) is a Hindu holy town located in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. It is a nagar panchayat in Rudraprayag district. The most remote of the four Char Dham sites, Kedarnath is located in the Himalayas, about 3584m(11759 Ft.) above sea level near Chorabari Glacier, the head of river Mandakini, and is flanked by breathtaking snow-capped peaks.
Kedarnath hosts one of the holiest Hindu temples, the Kedarnath Temple, and is a popular destination for Hindu pilgrims from all over the world, being one of the four major sites in India's Chota Char Dham pilgrimage.
Kedarnath is named in honor of King Kedar, who ruled in the Satya Yuga. He had a daughter named Vrinda who was a partial incarnation of Goddess Lakshmi. She performed austerities for 60000 years. In honour of her, the land is named Vrindavan. However, Kedarnath and its temple exist from the Mahabharata Era when the Pandavas are supposed to have pleased Lord Shiva by doing penance there.

About Tragedy

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The famous Kedarnath shrine in the Rudraprayag district of Uttarkhand has been severely hit by the floods caused by the incessant rains the state has been receiving in the past few days. A portion of the Kedarnath shrine compound has been washed away, however, the temple authorities have said that there have been no reports of damage to the temple, Press Trust of India reported.
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Officials said that the death toll may rise significantly once water recedes and relief teams are able to access the affected areas.
A view of Govindghat area partly submerged in the flooded Alaknanda river in Chamoli district on Monday followed by heavy rains in Uttarakhand. (PTI)

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More than 40 policemen, who were duty near the Kedarnath shrine, are missing as the rains continued to pound the state.

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A portion of the Kedarnath temple compound was washed away but authorities said no damages were reported to the structure itself.
A view of the washed off buildings around Kedarnath Dham in Uttarakhand. (PTI)

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The Ram Bada area, a busy spot near the temple, has been completely submerged and was not visible from rescue choppers.
A view of the washed off buildings around Kedarnath Dham in Uttarakhand. (PTI)

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Flash floods, cloudbursts and landslips have so far claimed 131 lives in northern India. Thousands have been displaced in Uttar Pradesh where several rivers are in spate. (PTI)

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A view of the overflowing Mandakini River damaging the bridge over it in Kedarnath Valley in Rudraprayag district.
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10 choppers have been deployed by the Indian Air Force. Two choppers ferried about 200 stranded pilgrims from the high altitude Kedarnath shrine to Fata helipad in Rudraprayag district on Tuesday.

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The buildings in the vicinity of the shrine which housed several hotels and shops have also been damaged in the floods.

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The 20-foot statue of God Shiva located at Parmath ghat in Rishikesh was washed away on Tuesday by the overflowing waters of River Ganga.

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This is not the first time the statue has been washed away during floods.

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A large number of shrines, hotels, rest houses, shops and residential buildings close to the river have also caved in.

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Television footage has shown bridges, houses and other buildings crashing down and being washed away by the swirling waters. A swollen river is seen engulfing a giant statue of Lord Shiva in the city of Rishikesh on Monday.

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Officials said that the death toll may rise significantly once water recedes and relief teams are able to access the affected areas.
A view of Govindghat area partly submerged in the flooded Alaknanda river in Chamoli district on Monday followed by heavy rains in Uttarakhand. (PTI)

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A total of 71,440 pilgrims bound for the Himalayan shrines of Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri are stranded in Rudraprayag, Chamoli and Uttarkashi districts of Uttarakhand with the famous char dham yatra having been suspended due to massive landslides and damage to the road network.
Army personnel rescue stranded pilgrims to a safe place in flood-hit Govind Ghat in Chamoli, Uttarakhand. (PTI)

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A view of a submerged bridge over river Ganga in Rudraprayag on Tuesday following incessant rains.

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Both, Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh, have been battered and ravaged by incessant showers, landslides and flash floods. Thousands are stranded in both the states.

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73,000 people remain stuck in Uttarakhand, many of them pilgrims from other states who were headed to the four shrines or "Char Dham" that include Badrinath and Kedarnath.

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The Army is leading rescue operations. 5,000 soldiers have been deployed in the worst-affected areas. 12 Air Force helicopters are being used to airlift stranded pilgrims, tourists and residents. 200 pilgrims were air-lifted yesterday from the Kedarnath shrine.

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The flooded Alaknanda river following heavy rain in Rudraprayag.

At Last

All we can do is pray for them who are still alive and also pray for them who died in this tragedy.

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Top Comments

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Max.Payne1075 • 19 Jun 2013, 19:08
Our Condolences (From PAKISTAN). MAY GOD BLESS HEALTH TO INJURED AND PEACE TO MARTYRS.
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SceneDL40783 • 21 Jun 2013, 00:29
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SceneDL40783 • 16 June 2014, 20:51 Show comment
A year after the Kedarnath tragedy, people are still willing to go there. Victims rebuilding their lives from a new end but life is still worse as there as many people that are now unemployed, students are not getting proper education as schools are flushed off and they usually study over the rooftops. I wish they should migrate to big cities and prepare for their better future.

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SceneDL40783 • 21 June 2013, 00:29 Show comment
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beetrix15891 • 20 June 2013, 11:41 Show comment
its really tragic. for the injured i pray for them to get well soon and to the people who died may their soul rest in peace
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Troll-Boy9184 • 20 June 2013, 10:46 Show comment
crycrycry
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RageHead1528 • 20 June 2013, 08:59 Show comment
The death toll will rise. As the water is slowly receding more bodies will be discovered.madcry
Natural calamities spare no one irrespective of their caste, creed, colour, religion or nationality. Prayers for the departed souls and hope the injured ones heal fast and well. smile
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Sylar738805 • 20 June 2013, 08:16 Show comment
Its tragic to see the effect weather has on such places. Let's hope the floods recede soon
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CaptainChronic_91212994 • 20 June 2013, 04:18 Show comment
Wow!!!
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