#SaveKedarnath Trends; Highlights The Need To Preserve The Sanctity Of The Temple

The Kedarnath Temple in Uttarakhand has reopened for pilgrims, but shocking images of overcrowding has surfaced. Mules are being overworked and abused, and littering is rampant in the area. Amidst these concerns, the hashtag #SaveKedarnath is gaining traction.
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Kedarnath Temple. (Photo: iStock)

Kedarnath Temple is one of the most sacred destinations for Hindus. Dedicated to lord Shiva, it is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas. According to Uttarakhand Tourism, " Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the ancient temple has exquisite architecture and is built of extremely large but evenly shaped grey stone slabs. A conical rock formation inside the temple is worshipped as Lord Shiva in his “Sadashiva” form. The Kedarnath temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, is a part of Char Dham pilgrimage circuit, and is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva in India. Behind the Kedarnath temple, stands the Kedarnath peak, Kedar Dome and other Himalayan peaks."
But a generation of Instagrammers treating the temple like a picnic spot and overcrowding has become a big concern. The Kedarnath temple saw a 67% spike in visitors, with 75,139 pilgrims visiting in just three days, compared to 44,892 during the same period last year. This has led to the #SaveKedarnath trend on Instagram. Spiritual educator, Bhavesh Bhimanathani wrote on his Instagram page, "The Kedar Valley is welcoming to all and wild when need be. Haven’t we experienced that already? Let’s not invite the 2013 fate knowingly! #SaveKedarnath."
Also shared, "The Kedarnath Temple is one of the most sacred and powerful pilgrimage sites in India. Each year, thousands of tourists visit this temple and bring a wave of chaos, abuse, and litter with them."
He urged people to not promote the Kedarnath Temple beyond its capacity. " With the growing social media influence, we have turned Kedarnath into a sheer picnic spot, one big wanderlust moment, a 30-second reel, a tourist destination, a weekend trek, and a namesake pilgrimage," he stated.
Adding, "Our Kedar valley can hardly bear the weight of 20,000 of us. With the ruthless animal abuse, never-ending construction, and the alarming footfall, are our intentions truly aligned with worship?"
People need to maintain the sanctity of this sacred place, trek responsibly, and not participate in animal and nature abuse. It's time to travel responsibly.
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