In the aftermath of the Himalayan tsunami, which sent a huge avalanche of water from the mountains into the Kedarnath valley in Uttarakhand, causing much devastation of villages and about 500 deaths so far recorded, some opinions are being expressed as to the likely trigger of this tsunami.
It is a fact that a lot of likely or proposed hydro-electric projects are being studied at the feasibility stage in India, most of them having the location along the many tributaries of the river Ganges, or Ganga, as the Hindus call her after our Goddess.
An opinion put forward on Aastah TV is that quite a few tunnels have been started along the tributaries, to harness the water thereof, and construct dams to generate the power. Some of these projects have seen tunnels being dug for 1 or 2 or 10 or 13 kilometres, and then the work has been halted, for scientific as well as religious reasons. In particular, a shrine to Kalimata at Srinagar is said to hold the Shakti of the Mata, and always the monsoon washes this shrine. Recently, some people decided to move the shrine, which is believed to hold the Shakti, to another place so that feasibility studies could be taken further. The people were told that the Mata's shrine would be relocated nearby, under a roof; local myth is that the Mata does not like a roof, and has stood for centuries in the open, inviting the monsoon rains. Further, people understood that if the Shakti was moved, there would be an explosion in that spot in Srinagar, and within a short while the tecktonic plates under the Himalayas would begin shifting and some calamity would ensue.
That is precisely what happened on 16th of this month, when the shrine was moved. Shortly thereafter the Himalayan tsunami made a headway from the mountains and caused the devastating floods in the Kedarnath valley. A fifteen metre high statue of Lord Shiva sitting in the yoga posture has been washed away, suggesting Father God was so angered by the removal of KaliMata's shrine that He has caused this devastation. Learned professors who have made scientific studies were advising against the removal of the shrine or the experiment of tunnelling for feasibility studies. Where echos cause break up of ice on the mountains and avalanches, there the presence of heavy drilling equipment is causing a disturbance.
I have just translated the gist of this debate in the aftermath of the calamity that has visited the Kedarnath valley.
I pray for God's blessings on the 40,000 to 50,000 people displaced or made homeless in this disaster, and the several hundred still missing. The rescue mission by the Indian army, air force and navy continues; may they safely carry out their mission.