For Ram Das, a sadhu from Lakhimpur Kheri, coming out of the calamity-hit Uttarakhand was solely due to Lord Shiva’s blessings. He and six of his associates watched in horror as the road they walked on caved in near Uttarkashi, leaving them stranded, on their way towards Kedarnath temple on June 17.
On their return to Lucknow from Haridwar in a train on Wednesday, the group of sadhus said escaping nature’s fury was sheer luck. “We were heading towards Kedarnath when landslides hit the valley. We had a brush with death on the fateful night of June 16. We were stuck in between the two roads till a JCB came in and cleared the rubble and we moved on,” said Bhagwan Das, another sadhu.
All of them feel that they have had a fresh lease of life. At one time, they had given up all hopes of survival in the rampaging floods. “We saw houses and hotels collapse like they were made of cardboard,” recounted Nishi Yadav, another survivor from Lucknow.