The holy town of Kedarnath, standing at a height of 11,760 feet and surrounded by majestic snow-capped peaks, was a picture of devastation on Tuesday after the flooded Mandakini river wreaked havoc on it.
Massive flooding and mudslides at Kedarnath Temple has claimed lives of at least 50 people.
Kedarnath Temple, one of four sacred sites on the Char Dham pilgrimage has been hit by flash floods, said Anil Chandola, a spokesman for the Uttarakhand government. Rescue operations are under way.
More than 6000 people are still reported be stranded in the Kedarnath valley. The Kedarnath helipad has been damaged due to floods and hampered the rescue operation.
A portion of the Kedarnath temple compound was washed away but authorities said no damages were reported to the structure itself.
Some other reports claimed that Kedarnath temple’s main doors was washed away in flood devastation.
The major cause of devastation of Kedarnath town was the breaking of the Kedar Dome, a glacier-like body, that caused a rupture of the Charbari lake reservoir less than 6km from the shrine.