Dhari Devi Temple, Uttarakhand Floods 2013: Any relation?

Is this true that moving Goddess Dhari Devi idol from its original place has created the biggest disaster in Uttarakhand’s history? Its hard but we do not have any other way instead of believing it.. Take it as a superstition or coincidence what happened in Uttarakhand in June 2013 was a ‘man-made natural disaster’.

Dhari Devi Temple is located on the banks of Alaknanda River near Srinagar in Garhwal region of Uttarakhand.

Twice, in 1882 & in 2013, attempts to shift the shrine were immediately followed by havoc in Kedar Valley. On June 16th, 2013; the idol was removed to be shifted to another location to facilitate the construction of the same dam, which locals were oppossing since beginning. This was followed by a massive cloudburst and flash floods with in hours.

According to Zee News

For believers, the fact that Kedarnath shrine was left untouched by the deluge and falling rocks presents ample proof of the powers of the divine. Also, the Shivlinga had not gone under the sludge and remained crowned by offerings of belpatra.

Goddess Dhari Devi

Goddess Dhari Devi

The more compelling legend is of Dhari Devi, guardian deity of Uttarakhand, whose idol was removed from her temple hours before the cloudburst. A manifestation of Goddess Kali, Dhari Devi is revered as the protector of the Char Dhams.

As per believers, Uttarakhand had to face the Goddess’ ire as she was shifted from her ‘mool sthan’ (original abode) to make way for a 330 MW hydel project that now lies in ruins. A similar attempt in 1882 by a local king had resulted in a landslide that had flattened Kedarnath.

Built by Alaknanda Hydro Power Company Ltd (AHPCL), a subsidiary of infrastructure major GVK, the Srinagar hydel project had faced opposition from locals, saints and the BJP. They are opposed to the plan to relocate the Dhari Devi temple from its original site on a small island in the middle of the River Alaknanda.

The project dam would have submerged the island.

The legend says that only the upper half of an idol of goddess Kali is called “Dhari Devi’ while her torso is worshipped as a ‘Shree Yantra’ at Kalimath Temple near Guptkashi. As per local lore, Dhari Devi changes in appearance during the day from a girl, to a woman, and then to an old lady. Only a visit to both the temples makes the darshan of the Goddess complete

As per reports, the original plan was to cut the upper half of the island and shift it to a higher location. However, owing to the lack of logistics required to carry out such a mammoth task, the plan was later altered and it was decided that only the visible part of the idol would be shifted.

Importantly, the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) had also opposed the relocation of the temple. In an affidavit submitted to the Supreme Court, the ministry defended the right of people to worship at the temple, drawing a parallel with the Vedanta case in which the apex court had upheld the right of the Dongria Kondh tribal people to worship the Niyamgiri hill, earmarked for blasting for bauxite mining.

However, despite opposition from MoEF, the Supreme Court gave its nod to relocate the idol to a raised platform. However, the apex court is yet to give its final order in the case.

As per conspiracy theorists, AHPCL officials artificially raised the water level in the dam so as to hasten the process of shifting of the Dhari Devi temple. Armed with all gear, the officials arrived at the temple site at 7.30 pm on Sunday (June 16) and cut off the idol from its base. Three priests and two locals then lifted the idol and placed it at the artificial platform constructed by AHPCL as the deity’s new seat.

AHPCL officials were quoted as saying that the idol was relocated in a hurry as the temple was in danger of being submerged due to heavy floods in the region.

Just when the idol was lifted there was lighting and heavy rains followed by the cloud burst in Kedarnath that has left thousands dead.

Also, two pillars of the new structure at Dhari Devi temple gave way, forcing the removal of the idol. Currently, it is said to be kept at an elevated place close to the original spot.

Dhari Devi’s wrath may or may not be behind the trail of destruction in Uttarakhand but what is undisputable is the story of exploitation of the hills and the resultant ill effects.

Environmentalists describe the tragedy as a man-made disaster while geologists feel the extent of destruction could have been far lesser if stricter regulations had been put in place.

Importantly, the MoEF – in a December 2012 notification – declared the entire watershed around the 135-km stretch between Gaumukh and Uttarakashi, along the Bhagirathi River, as an eco-sensitive zone under the Environment Protection Act, 1986.

This, in practice, bans all construction activity in the area. However, the state government was opposed to it as it felt that such and blanket ban would adversely affect development and the economic progress of the region.

Clearly, there are no straight answers and the choices are tough.

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  26. Vedic culture embibes faith i mystical,unseen powers,as the unseen world is taken to be no less important than sen world,may be greater in importance for philosophers & spiritualist.Rationale of the unsen supreme can not be under valued.What hasben done by God through nature should be taken as lesson to desist future mishaps.

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  27. This may be unexplained scientific coincidence. Many Temples in India have some history, mystery , which modern science finds it impossible to explain.
    I imagine , such places have all the forces like electromagnetic,gravity , (and others) working together in tandem , and any disturbance can create a change or disaster in some form or other.Quantum Physics and now Nano Technology have explained many impossibilities.Obvious correlations are not possible.We need Open Mind and spirit of Looking thru Glass mindset. Om Guru Om

    By Kishan Vasekar at June 28, 2013 at 3:32 am