Pralay Nath is one of the names of Shiva; the Destroyer; the one who heralds in destruction, the Lord of Kedarnath. Pralaya, as per Hindu cosmology is symbolic of the end of a cosmic time cycle; a Yuga. What happened in Uttarakhand, is nothing short of a Pralaya for those in the midst of it.
Were the floods in Uttarakhand Shiva’s warning to mankind?
Was Shiva showing a glimpse of what happens in a Pralaya?
Was the destruction in Uttarakhand a mini Pralaya?
Is a full fledged Pralaya around the corner; if so when will it come?
Did those who perish in Uttarakhand, complete their life cycle?
Were they freed from the unending cycle of life and death and attain Moksha?
These and many more such questions are plaguing the minds of the deeply spiritual persons of the world. For the non Hindus Pralaya can be likened to the Deluge from the Genesis and Quayamat ka Din, in Islam.
The way we are progressing, Pralaya remains a certainty, it is not if; but when it will finally come. What follows Pralaya is a period of Non- Existence, followed by the beginning of a new cycle of time.