Sri Sri 1008 Mahamandaleshwar Adishakti Satigiri Ji Maharaj (Kedarnathwali Maa) has been invited as a special guest to attend the resumption of prayers at Kedarnath shrine on September 11th, nearly two months after flash-flooding destroyed the temple town. The temple committee has provided the state government with a list of 24 persons who will perform the daily prayers at the shrine commencing on September 11th.
Maa has been granted permission to personally conduct special Shiv-Shakti puja for invited guests at the Kedarnath shrine between 11th to 15th September. This worship will be offered in addition to the traditional prayers which are performed daily by the temple priests. Guru Maa is bringing her Trishul (the trident is symbol of spiritual power) from Haridwar to Kedarnath to personally install in the temple.
One month after the June 2013 tragedy occurred in Uttarkhand, in which over 1000 have died and still thousands are missing, Guru Maa made a pilgrimage up to Kedarnath. With the help of two men who cleared the path, over three days she trekked up harsh natural terrain from Ukhimath to Kedarnath, a distance of 60kms in very cold and wet conditions, with little food or water or shelter. Guru Maa shows us the true meaning of pilgrimage and tapasya (penance) and that if we wish to achieve anything in this life, that we have to make focused efforts. God helps those who help themselves; so having a clear intention, directed towards the aim, is essential for ultimate success.
Maa is departing September 9th for the Himalayas. It is a very auspicious day as it marks the first of nine days of worship to Sri Ganesh.
Om Gan Ganapatye Namah Shri Sidhivinayak Namo Namo
The ancient and magnificent Kedarnath temple is located in the Rudra Himalaya range. Over a thousand years old, the temple is built of massive stone slabs over a large rectangular platform. The temple existed even during the time of the famous ‘Mahabharata’. The legend reveals that Pandavas being accused of killing the kith and kin of Kauravas undertook a pilgrimage to absolve themselves from this sin. They reached Kailasa by crossing the tough trails of Guptakashi to Gaurikund and received darshan of Lord Shiva to get their sins washed away. The Lord appeared in the form of triangular shaped Jyotirlinga. Such shrines are places where Shiva appeared as a fiery column of light, and each of the twelve famous Jyothirlinga is considered a different manifestation of Shiva. Lord Shiva is worshipped here as ‘Lord of Kedar Khand’ and is known as Kedareshwara. During the winters, the vigrahas (deities) from Kedarnath temple are brought to Ukhimath and worshipped there for six months. Adi Shankara was believed to have revived this temple, and to have attained mahasamadhi at Kedarnath.
Archive photo of Kedarnath temple
Maa has spent many years in tapasya and meditation near Kedarnath.
“The past six to seven years Maa has been meditating in Kedarnath, and also for three months before this incident took place, Maa stayed at a small temple on the bank of the river in Gaurikund. Just two days before the town was destroyed, Maa left for a tour of South Korea. This tragedy is God’s Will, so that negative people don’t undertake undesirable activities to damage the sanctity of these sacred places. Whenever you go to any sacred place, keep it holy, because when you meditate, the aura around you and in the place where you are meditating becomes saturated with divine energy, and whenever you do negative things in a sacred place you are causing a great sin. Maa wants people to keep that negativity away, and maintain the sanctity of this pure atmosphere in the Himalayas.” GURU MAA
During the recent floods in Kedarnath, there was a sevadar meditating at Maa’s ashram in Gaurikund at the time when everything was washed away – the temple, ashram and everything was destroyed. Maa’s sevadar was in the temple when the flash flood occurred and was saved with two minutes to spare, by the Grace of God. The power of Maa stands by all her true devotees and sevadars. Even though everything was destroyed, Maa is happy because she knows that it happened for a good cause.
Maa prayed to God while staying in Kedarnath to save these holy places. This is now a cleaning process that is taking place in the Himalayas.
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