Saturday, 29 June 2013

The legend of Dhari Devi, Uttarakhand, India .....

  *      As per local legend, the Dhari Devi Temple was once washed off by floods. While floating the idol struck against a rock and the villagers heard cries of the idol. On reaching the site, they heard a divine voice asking them to install the idol on the spot it was found. Since then the fierce looking idol remains where it was, under the open sky, and thousands of devotees on the way to Badrinath pay their obeisance to it. The temple of Dhari Devi, situated on the banks of Alaknanda in Srinagar hosts only the upper part of idol, the lower part is believed to be in Kalimath, on the way to Kedarnath.

*       Dhari Devi, a manifestation of Goddess Kali, is revered as the protector of the Char Dhams. Her idol was removed from her temple hours before the cloudburst that resulted in flash floods and landslides in which thousands have perished. The holy town of Kedarnath, except the temple, has completely been flattened. The massive tragedy has reinforced people's belief in the divine.

*       As per believers, Uttarakhand had to face the Goddess’ ire as she was shifted from her original abode to make way for a hydel project . A similar attempt in 1882 by a local king had resulted in a landslide that had flattened Kedarnath.

*      For the believers, it's difficult to dismiss this belief.

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