Devastated Kedarnath shrine

The hellish rains have turned Kedarnath into a ghost town. Though the outer structure of the temple seems intact, there are bodies piled up outside its gate.  Kedarnath shrine, one of the holiest of Hindu temples dedicated to Lord Shiva, and other buildings are seen damaged. (PTI)
The hellish rains have turned Kedarnath into a ghost town. Though the outer structure of the temple seems intact, there are bodies piled up outside its gate.
Kedarnath shrine, one of the holiest of Hindu temples dedicated to Lord Shiva, and other buildings are seen damaged. (PTI)
According to reports, rain water gushed into the town from the summit behind the shrine carrying rocks and boulders, destroying everything on its path.  The most ironic part of the tragedy is despite the mobile phone towers remaining intact, there is no electricity due to which people were unable to contact their families as their phones ran out of charge.  Hotels and buildings seen damaged outside Kedarnath temple. (PTI)
According to reports, rain water gushed into the town from the summit behind the shrine carrying rocks and boulders, destroying everything on its path. The most ironic part of the tragedy is despite the mobile phone towers remaining intact, there is no electricity due to which people were unable to contact their families as their phones ran out of charge.
Hotels and buildings seen damaged outside Kedarnath temple. (PTI)
The unprecedented flood and rains have badly damaged the famous Kedarnath temple. Rescuers have now reached the temple. Here are the first pictures taken after the devastating flood. Other buildings around it were also damaged following monsoon rains at the Holy city in Uttrakhand.  A joint army and air force operation are trying to evacuate thousands of people stranded in the upper reaches of the state of Uttrakhand where days of rain had earlier washed out houses, temples, hotels and vehicles leading to deaths of over a hundred people amid fears that the death toll may rise much higher. (AP)
The unprecedented flood and rains have badly damaged the famous Kedarnath temple. Rescuers have now reached the temple. Here are the first pictures taken after the devastating flood.
Other buildings around it were also damaged following monsoon rains at the Holy city in Uttrakhand.
A joint army and air force operation are trying to evacuate thousands of people stranded in the upper reaches of the state of Uttrakhand where days of rain had earlier washed out houses, temples, hotels and vehicles leading to deaths of over a hundred people amid fears that the death toll may rise much higher. (AP)
Army has opened an alternate route towards Tehri to rescue thousands of pilgrims stranded in the region below the Kedarnath shrine in Uttarakhand. (AP)
Army has opened an alternate route towards Tehri to rescue thousands of pilgrims stranded in the region below the Kedarnath shrine in Uttarakhand. (AP)
Massive rescue operations were today launched in rain-ravaged Uttarakhand with 40 helicopters pressed into service to evacuate over 9000 people from Kedarnath and Badrinath areas as the state government said the toll in the rain fury could be 'shockingly high.' The entrance of Kedarnath shrine closed with stones and mud. (AP)
Massive rescue operations were today launched in rain-ravaged Uttarakhand with 40 helicopters pressed into service to evacuate over 9000 people from Kedarnath and Badrinath areas as the state government said the toll in the rain fury could be 'shockingly high.'
The entrance of Kedarnath shrine closed with stones and mud. (AP)
The focus of the rescue operation is the worst-hit Kedarnath area where 250 people are stranded, officials said.  A local person clicking pictures of the closed entrance of the Kedarnath shrine. (AP)
The focus of the rescue operation is the worst-hit Kedarnath area where 250 people are stranded, officials said.
A local person clicking pictures of the closed entrance of the Kedarnath shrine. (AP)
As the rescue efforts picked up steam, Uttarkahnad Principal Secretary Rakesh Sharma said causalty figures can be 'shockingly high.' Terming it as the "worst tragedy of the millennium", Agriculture Minister Harak Singh Rawat said, "It will take us at least five years to recover from the extensive damages caused to the entire infrastructure network in the Kedarnath area which is the worst affected".   More of the massive devastation in the Kedarnath town. (AP)
As the rescue efforts picked up steam, Uttarkahnad Principal Secretary Rakesh Sharma said causalty figures can be 'shockingly high.' Terming it as the "worst tragedy of the millennium", Agriculture Minister Harak Singh Rawat said, "It will take us at least five years to recover from the extensive damages caused to the entire infrastructure network in the Kedarnath area which is the worst affected".
More of the massive devastation in the Kedarnath town. (AP)
 Harak Singh Rawat, who had visited the Kedarnath area, said that he spent five hours there and was shocked to see the extent of the damage caused to the buildings and area adjoining the shrine.  (AP)
Harak Singh Rawat, who had visited the Kedarnath area, said that he spent five hours there and was shocked to see the extent of the damage caused to the buildings and area adjoining the shrine. (AP)
Thousands of people are still said to be stranded in various parts of the state that was hit by cloudburst and floods in the upper reaches that left several hundreds of homes, rest houses and buildings in ruins and thousands of people missing. (AP)
Thousands of people are still said to be stranded in various parts of the state that was hit by cloudburst and floods in the upper reaches that left several hundreds of homes, rest houses and buildings in ruins and thousands of people missing. (AP)
The official death toll still stood at 150 but Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna said the casualties could run into several hundreds which will be known only when areas become accessible and water recedes.   Rubble at the entrance of the shrine. (AP)
The official death toll still stood at 150 but Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna said the casualties could run into several hundreds which will be known only when areas become accessible and water recedes.
Rubble at the entrance of the shrine. (AP)
Huge rocks, stones lying near the devastated hotels and lodges in an around the Kedarnath shrine. (AP)
Huge rocks, stones lying near the devastated hotels and lodges in an around the Kedarnath shrine. (AP)
A file Photo of the shrine in its glorious days. (Blog)
A file Photo of the shrine in its glorious days. (Blog)

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