Kedarnath restoration: Are spirits of the dead haunting labourers?

It's been almost two years since Uttarakhand was devastated by the sudden flash floods, but the memories of the tragedy still haunt many, especially the labourers employed in the Kedarnath region for its restoration work.

Last Updated: Sep 02, 2015, 17:42 PM IST
Kedarnath restoration: Are spirits of the dead haunting labourers?

Dehradun: It's been almost two years since Uttarakhand was devastated by the sudden flash floods, but the memories of the tragedy still haunt many, especially the labourers employed in the Kedarnath region for its restoration work.

A report in The Times of India has claimed that some workers involved in the reconstruction work at Kedarnath are scared of the thought that the spirits of those died in tragedy are haunting them.

"It is really scary to walk in many areas here, especially at night. Presence of ghosts lurking around can be felt here,” TOI quoted a man who has come from Nepal to earn a living at the site.

"It's a matter of concern. Many workers, especially those working in the Rambara area are very apprehensive and scared. Members of our teams often have to sit and talk with the workers to dispel their fear as quite a few are ready to leave fearing that the dead people's spirits would possess them," said Col Ajay Kothiyal of the Nehru Institute of Mountaineering (NIM) who is overseeing the reconstruction work at Kedarnath told the English daily.

However, to ward off such beliefs and overcome this problem NIM officials planned a Halloween party asking workers to dress up as 'ghosts'. As a result of this, many workers had fun and enjoyed the activity.

Furthermore, NIM officials also organised a yagya (religious ceremony) at Rambara and Shiv Tandav to motivate the labourers.