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Kedarnath Online Donation for Reconstruction

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Establishment of Shri Kedarnath Utthan Charitable Trust Beginning of a new Chapter

Restoration and Reconstruction of Kedarnath Temple is a step towards conserving India’s rich cultural heritage and to showcase the underterent religious faith.

The main objective of this mammoth task is difficult to achieve without the support and participation of people from far and wide. With an aim to ensure holistic and time bound rehabilitation of the Kedarnath Dham, on 13th December 2017, Government of Uttarakhand has constituted the “Shri Kedarnath Utthan Charitable Trust”.

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The Trust has also created an online portal for reconstruction of Kedarnath Dham through which devotees can also contribute for the noble cause of restoration and rehabilitation work of Shri Kedarnath Dham. If all of us come forward for the work of reconstruction, with all faith and devotion, the task of reviving our collective spiritual heritage would never see any shortage of funds and material constraints. Please come forward and donate as much as you can for this noble cause. Be a part of this initiative run by Uttarakhand Govt.

About Kedarnath

Kedarnath is one of the most sacred pilgrimages of Lord Shiva situated in Rudraprayag district of Garhwal region in Uttarakhand. Kedarnath is one of the Char Dham in Uttarakhand and the most important dham among Panchkedar. Kedarnath is situated at an altitude of 3586 mts, in the lap of the majestic mountain peaks and near the head of river Mandakini, Kedarnath range stands one of the 12 Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva.

The origin of the revered temple can be found in the great epic- Mahabharata. The present temple was built by Adi Guru Shankaracharya in 8th Century AD.

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The Disaster of June 2013 at Kedarnath

The Kedarnath disaster of June 16, 2013, was very horrific. More than 4,400 people were killed or missing in the disaster. Over 4,200 villages have lost contact. Around 991 locals were killed at different places in Uttarakhand. More than 11,091 cattle died in the flood or buried in the rubble. The 1,309 hectare land of the villagers was flooded in the flood. 2,141 buildings were eradicated. More than 100 big and small hotels collapsed. The army got 90 thousand passengers stranded in the passage and 30 thousand people were pulled out by the police. In the disaster, nine national highways, 35 state highways and 2385 roads, 86 motor bridges, 172 big and small bridges were lost or damaged. The Kedarnath Dham, which was spread within an area of 21 acres, was reduced to just 13 acres of land.

Immediate actions after the Disaster at Kedarnath

In an endeavour to resume the sacred journey undertaken by devotees, the reconstruction work started immediately after the disaster. Enormous amount of hard work helped in restarting the KedarnathYatra the very next year after the causality. The restoration of the temple was immediately started by the Archaeological Survey of India. There are following actions taken place during the reconstruction of Kedarnath after the causality:

  • The broken structures in the front of the main Temple were removed using Hammers & Iron Rods, keeping in mind, the ecological sensitivity of the 1200 year old Kedarnath Temple.
  • An alternative route was made soon after the calamity, to resume the Holy Yatra.
  • 22-Kilometer long hilly route rebuilt between Sonprayag and the Kedarnath Temple by the Trained Engineers and workers within a very limited time period.
  • 8 Big and small bridges were built to transport the heavy machineries and other heavy instruments at such a height.
  • 2 Cantilever bridges were fixed on the river in less than 3 weeks.
  • Bigger and Mightier Machines were transported using Mi 26 (the biggest transport helicopter of Indian Air Force) to quicken the pace of work.

Reconstruction and Restoration of Kedarnath Dham

Kedarnath Temple is not just a symbol of our faith and devotion but also of our rich culture and heritage. On 20th October, 2017 Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone of the following restoration and reconstruction works to bring back the eternal glory of Shri Kedarnath Temple.

Temple Complex

After the Disaster of 2013, the temple premises was in the form of a small platform. The complex of Kedarnath Temple was covered with debris and had become uneven. After reconstruction, the size of the temple complex has been increased to 4340 sq. m. In the temple complex around 15200 carved stones have been laid using locally available stones. 913 small and big machines and services of 650 artisans were used to carve the stones. On an average an artisan took a day to carve one stone. Two types of Stones (Hill-type) are being installed in KedarnathDham. The size of one stone is bigger, while the other is smaller. The size of larger one is 1X2 feet, while the size of smaller one is 4×2 inches.

Arrival Plaza

A big 16 meter radius plaza has been constructed at the origin of the Central Axis, on the confluence of River Saraswati and Mandakini. Devotees can enjoy the panoramic view of Kadarghati and can sit with comfort and meditate. About 4500 cubic meter of debris was removed in the making of the Arrival Plaza. Its walls were raised up to 09 meter in height and 51000 small pebbles have been laid on it in a circular pattern. In the centre of this Plaza, A trishula and the damru of Lord Shiva will be installed later.

Arrival plaza in Kedarnath

Construction of the Central Axis

After the calamity in June 2013, the Central Axis was in the form of a narrow path not even 10 feet wide. During reconstruction 30,240 cubic meter debris was removed from this route. Approx. 20,660 local carved stones have been laid on this path.

Kedarnath Temple Present Platform

Construction of New Route “Aastha Path”

The construction of the new route is started on the top of the security wall built at the bank of river Mandakini. The new route to the temple is 5 meter wide and 400 meters long in size. The 400-meter road will be covered with the Rain shelter so that the devotee’s walks along the path will be protected from rain, snowfall, and hailstorm.Devotees will also hear devotional music on “Aastha Path”. With a low tone, this music will rotate on the whole path. In order to facilitate passengers on the Gaurikund-Kedarnath pedestrian route, Rain Shelters will be made under the Prasad-2 Scheme. The route will be further refined so that the devotees do not face any difficulty during the journey.

Kedarnath new approach road

Flood Safety work on the river Mandakini

During the disaster, an unprecedented increase in the size of the river Mandakini damaged most of the buildings situated along its course in Kedarnath. A 380 meters long and 06 meters wide safety wall along the left bank of the river Mandakini has been constructed. With the construction of the safety wall in Kedarnath approx. 2 acre land which was lost during the disaster has been reclaimed.

Flood Safety work on the river Saraswati

At present a 450 meter long and 03 meter wide safety wall and a bathing ghat is under construction.

Construction of Modern Cave for Yoga & Meditation

At a distance of one and a half km from Kedarnath there is a cave-shaped place on the side of Chaurabari Lake, which has been converted into a modern cave. The cave is 5 meter long and 3 meter broad, having toilet, 2.5 meter long Bathroom. While the electricity in the cave has been installed from Ureda.For security purpose a DSPT phone has also been kept in the cave. A small courtyard has been built outside the cave. Whereas Havan-kund is also built near the courtyard. In the cave, Beds are also been installed for comfort. About Half a dozen peoples can meditate in the cave at a time.

Kedarnath-Garudchatti Pedestrian Path

Disaster of 2013 damaged all the routes connecting Garudchatti. Keeping in view the ancient importance of Garudchatti, a pedestrian path from Kedarnath to Garudchatti has been constructed in the year 2018. The total length of this path is about 3.575 km and its width is 4 meters.

Challenges in Reconstruction of Kedarnath Dham

  • Construction and development work in Kedarnath was done throughout the entire winter season, even in extremely low temp. Ranging between -5 to -15 degree Celsius.
  • Through the entire winter season 1200 workers from different states worked tirelessly thorough day and night. During heavy snowfall, work was carried out by removing snow deposited upto 3 feet.
  • All heavy machinery, buildings material and other construction tools was taken to Kedarnath by worker, horses and mules
  • The heaviest part of machinery weighing around 12 quintals was taken from Gaurikund to Kedarnath by 72 workers in 05 days.
Hardship faced during reconstruction in Kedarnath
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Jai Kedarnathji – can you please suggest how we can donate online in US dollars currency format ( using online paypal ect)

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