A year after the famous Kedarnath temple, which was marred by massive flash floods that had left hundreds of people dead and many others stranded, re-opened on Sunday.
According to news reports, the region is facing moderate rainfall today. As per the Met department this kind of weather may persist for next two-three days.
Last year, the famous Kedarnath shrine was virtually submerged in mud and slush where thousands of people had died in the flash floods.
The shrine of Shiva, visited by Hindu pilgrims from across the world, however, was only partly damaged amid the death and destruction by flash floods, cloudbursts and landslides caused in various parts of Uttarakhand for the many consecutive days.
The temple is an important part of the ‘Char Dham’ yatra. The annual pilgrimage had begun on Friday with the re-opening of the sacred portals of the Himalayan shrines of Gangotri and Yamunotri for devotees.
Kedarnath temple, the other important part of the yatra is scheduled to re-open tomorrow.
Amid extensive arrangements to ensure safety of pilgrims, the portals of Gangotri dham dedicated to ‘Mother Ganges’, located in Uttarakashi district, were opened two day before on the auspicious occasion of Akshaya Tritiya after the traditional six-month winter break.
The ‘Char Dham Yatra’ was struck by the unprecedented natural calamity last year causing largescale loss of lives and property in areas close to the four famous shrines in Garhwal Himalayas. Over 5,000 people were dead or missing, including pilgrims from various parts of the country.