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Bhagirathi river swallows Manikarnika temple

india Updated: Aug 02, 2013 23:42 IST
HT Correspondent

The famed Manikarnika Temple which is located on the banks of river Bhagirathi River in Uttarkashi district was swept away in the swirling waters of the river in the wee hours of Friday morning.

The government is already engaged in search operations to find the body of Almora SDM Ajay Arora who had been swept away in the river on July 31.

The Manikarnika Temple is a favourite destination for devotees during the month of 'Shravan' (monsoon) who flock there from all parts of the country to seek blessings of the presiding deity.

District magistrate of Uttarkashi, Dr Pankaj Pandey confirmed that the temple was swept away in deluge brought about by the incessant rains. In the past too, several temples in the hill districts had been swept away in the foaming waters of various rivers.

No one was hurt as the temple was empty at the time of the incident, said priest Suresh Shastri as the temple was empty when it swept away.

As per Suresh Shastri, the temple was built after the 1991 earthquake in Uttarkashi which had killed a large number of people.

Meanwhile fresh attempts were made on Friday to search for the body of SDM Ajay Arora as the weather slightly improved in Rudraprayag. He was swept away in Mandakini river in Kedarnath valley on Tuesday.

14-member team of trained PAC divers was flown beyond Sonprayag to scour the Mandakini to search for his body. NDRF personnel are also assisting in the search operation.

Earlier on Thursday, a low-flying aerial recce over Mandakini conducted by Garhwal commissioner Subardhan, DIG Amit Sinha and Rudraprayag District Magistrate Dilip Jawalkar had not yielded any results.