Kedarnath shrine safe, everything else destroyed: official


The ancient Kedarnath shrine has survived the devastating floods in Uttarakhand but virtually everything around it has been destroyed, an official of the temple committee said Thursday.

“Call it a miracle but the Nandi statue and the other idols in the temple are intact,” the official told IANS.

But he admitted that the temple had suffered some damage.

“There were an estimated 5,000 people at Ram Bada when a cloudburst took place,” he said.

“The shops and houses around Kedarnath temple have either been destroyed or severely damaged,” said the official.

According to the official, 1,000 to 2,000 pilgrims were rescued from the temple region on Wednesday. “The rescue operations are still going on.”