Nine years of Kedarnath disaster completed, the scene of devastation was very frightening; Kedarpuri flourished in divine and grand form

Nine years have been completed since the Kedarnath tragedy and during this period the nature of Kedarpuri has completely changed. Now pilgrims are coming with many times more enthusiasm than before to see Baba’s darshan and the divine and grand form of Kedarpuri.
The number of visitors has more than doubled in these nine years. The government has made Kedarpuri quite safe from the point of view of disaster. A three-tier security wall has been constructed around the Dham for security.
Flood protection works have been done in Mandakini and Saraswati rivers. In the Dham, now much better facilities are being provided by the government to the pilgrims than before.
For the first time after the disaster, more than one million pilgrims reached Baba’s darshan in the year 2019. At present, the second phase of work is being done under the Prime Minister’s Dream Project. Whereas, about 95 percent of the work of the first phase has been completed.
After the disaster on 16-17 June 2013, the scene of the devastation in Kedarnath was very frightening. Then it was difficult to predict whether Kedarnath Yatra would start in future or not. But, in the last nine years, the enthusiasm of the pilgrims from India and abroad for the Yatra has doubled.
New records have been made due to the influx of pilgrims. This has given new heights to Kedarnath Yatra. Kedarpuri has now fully recovered from the disaster. Despite the extreme geographical conditions, the reconstruction works have been completed in a short time.
Under the dream project of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the work is to be done in three phases. Out of this, the target of completing the works of 125 crores of the second phase by the end of this year. Whereas, works worth 130 crores have been completed in the first phase.

District Magistrate Mayur Dixit says that a three-tier concrete wall of 390 meters long, 18 feet high and two feet wide has been built on the Mandakini and Saraswati rivers just behind the temple. Due to this, Kedarpuri has become quite safe from the point of view of disaster. A security wall has also been built on the Mandakini and Saraswati rivers. The government has constructed 210 buildings for pilgrimage priests in Kedarpuri.
A new 10 km route has been prepared from Bhimbali to Kedarnath. In this, many small markets have been made including Chhoti Lincholi, Lincholi, Rudra Point. The Kedarnath walkway has also become much better and safer than before.

Railings have been installed on the three to four meter wide walkway. Arrangements have been made for the stay of the travelers by developing many stops including Lincholi, Chhoti Lincholi, Rudra Point. As a result of this, record pilgrims are reaching Kedarnath Dham.
The craze of heli service increased after the disaster:
After the disaster, the craze of heli service for Kedarnath has increased a lot. At present nine heli companies have been given permission to fly to Kedarnath. So far this year, more than 70 thousand pilgrims have reached Baba’s darshan through heli service. Ten to 15 percent of the total yatra pilgrims are reaching the darshan by heli service.
4700 pilgrims were killed in the disaster:
In the Kedarnath disaster, the bodies of 4700 pilgrims were recovered, while more than five thousand had gone missing. However, various speculations were made about the exact number of people who died in this tragedy.

Year wise pilgrims reached Kedarnath:
Year——-Pilgrim Traveler
2022——-691899 (by June 15)
2021—242712 (partial halt on travel due to corona)
2020——135287 (Journey was only formal due to Corona)
2019——-1000035
2018——-772390
2017——–471235
2016——-349123
2015——-159340
2014——–39500
Construction works under Prime Minister’s Dream Project:
Construction of 390 meter security wall just behind Kedarnath temple
Construction of Ghats and platforms on Mandakini and Saraswati rivers
Widening work in Kedarnath temple complex and 200 meters long road built in front of the temple
construction of houses for pilgrim priests
Construction of 400 meters long Aastha Path
Garudchatti was linked to Kedarnath
Construction of cottages for the stay of travelers in Dham
State-of-the-art health services started in Dham
Arrangement for the stay of seven thousand pilgrims during the travel season in Dham
Construction of Samadhi of Adi Shankaracharya
Construction of walkway from Garudchatti to Bhimbali

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