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Kedarnath Shrine safe say IIT experts

One of the famous four shrines of hill state, Kedarnath is found to be stable after the 2013 deluge causing no damage to the foundation, stated an expert IIT team from Chennai.

The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) asked the experts to examine the foundation of the temple if it was affected by the calamity, the team concluded that there was no major danger to the temple and is completely safe.

ASI official quoted, “The IIT Madras experts visited the temple thrice for the purpose. They have submitted their interim report that the temple is stable and there was no major danger,”

Also, the team has observed that the foundation of the temple was not damaged, he added.

The restoration responsibility of the temple was given to ASI after the devastation caused by the flash floods and landslides in June 2013 which left in mass destruction and took a toll on lives of nearly 5,700 people.

ASI is handed over with major works including packing stones (matching the original profile and design) and providing wooden flooring within the Mandapa inside the temple, as part of the restoration works.

IIT experts used the non-destructive instruments for assessing the health of the structure, foundation and walls of the temple, said the officials.

A few settlements were noticed in the rocky surface of the structure, on which an ASI official said such settlements were formed when the temple was constructed several centuries ago.

“These settlements were not due to the flash floods, but were formed when the temple structure was raised. These settlements usually take place during early period of construction,” the official said.

The official website of Sri Badrinath-Sri Kedarnath Temple Committee says that the temple was built in the 8th century AD and Kedarnath is the highest among the 12 Jyotirlingas.

The ASI official further said that they were expecting the final report from IIT Madras experts shortly.

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Published Date: March 30, 2015
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