New Delhi: Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) on Tuesday said that huge cracks have developed in some places in the Kedarnath shrine although the sanctum sanctorum has escaped damage. A team of ASI, who has been given the responsibility to restore the Kedarnath temple, visited the shrine on July 11 to make a firsthand assessment of damage.

"Our three-member team has visited the temple on July 11 and handed over the preliminary report to higher officials in Delhi. Report suggests that there was not much visible damage to the garbha griha," Atul Bhargava, the Superintendent
Archaeologist, Dehradun circle, said.
"Maximum damage is to the eastern part of the Mandapa. The Ishaan temple is completely washed away in the flood. Several stones have been dislodged from the western gate and the exterior part of sanctum sanctorum. But it is really difficult to assess the actual damage till the debris is removed. There is still 2 to 6 feet debris there," he said.
Meanwhile Dr BR Mani, assistant director general and the head of ASI team for restoration work of Kedarnath, said that this is just a preliminary assessment of damage and actual picture will be clear after the inspection of experts team.


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