Kedarnath: Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled the 12-feet high Adi Shankracharya statue at the premises of the Kedarnath Temple in Rudraprayag district, in Uttarakhand early this morning.
The Samadhi of Adi Shankaracharya has been reconstructed after its destruction in the 2013 Uttarakhand floods.
“You all will witness the inauguration of Adi Shankaracharya Samadhi here today. His devotees are present here in spirit. All maths and ‘jyotirlingas’ in the country are connected with us today,” said PM Modi.
PM Modi also inaugurated several reconstruction projects worth thousands of crores at the Himalayan temple.
Located on the bank of Mandakini river, Kedarnath Temple is one of the four ancient pilgrimage sites referred to as ‘Char Dham Yatra’ which also include Yamunotri, Gangotri and Badrinath.
In June 2013, a mid-day cloudburst centered on the North Indian state of Uttarakhand caused devastating floods and landslides, becoming the country’s worst natural disaster since the 2004 tsunami. The rainfall received that month was far greater than the rainfall the state usually received. Debris blocked the rivers, causing major overflow. The main day of the flood was 16 June 2013.
Though some parts of Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh in India experienced heavy rainfall, some regions of Western Nepal, and some parts of Western Tibet also experienced heavy rainfall, which drained via the river system to inundate Uttarakhand; hence, over 89% of the casualties occurred in that state. As of 16 July 2013, according to figures provided by the Government of Uttarakhand, more than 5,700 people were “presumed dead.” This total included 934 local residents.