Badrinath Temple

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About Badrinath Temple

Badrinath Temple or the Badrinarayan Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The temple is also one of the four Char Dham and Chota Char Dham pilgrimage yatras. The main gate of the shrine is painted with myriad colours. It has not only the image of Lord Vishnu but, several other gods and saints are housed inside the temple.

Badrinath Temple has a Tapt Kund, a hot water spring which is considered to have medicinal values. River Alaknanda is known to originate from here. The temple with its purity and serene beauty brings you to a different world, bereft of chaos and sin.

Badrinath Temple is a place of self-realization and self-actualization. The journey to the temple through the nearly barren land in the frosting temperature itself offers such an enchanting experience that a person is automatically turns over a new leaf for the betterment of themselves. Thus, it is one of the best pilgrimage sites that come with a combination of both the Almighty and nature.

Location

Badrinath temple is located in Garhwal hill tracks along the banks of the Alaknanda River in Chamoli district in Uttarakhand, a state in North India. The hill tracks are located 3,133 m above the mean sea level.

History

Badrinath Temple is said to be established by Adi Shankaracharya. He found the Saligram idol of Lord Badri immersed in the waters of Alaknanda and installed it in a cave near the Tapt Kund.It was in the 16th century that a Garhwal King got a temple erected to house the statue of the God. The present structure is the result of plenty of restorations the temple has undergone due to damages caused by avalanches and earthquakes. Lord Vishnu can be worshipped in a black stone idol sitting in a meditative pose surrounded by idols of other gods like Nar, Narayana, Narad, Ganesha, Garud and Kuber. In the winter season, the idol of Lord Badri is shifted to Yogadhyan Badri in Pandukeshwar.

Architecture

Badrinath temple has three structures: the Garbhagriha, the Darshan Mandap, and Sabha Mandap. It is situated at the height of 10,279 feet. This temple is surrounded by lofty snow-clad Himalayas and is a paradise for nature lovers also. It is believed to be originally established by the saint, Adi Shankaracharya, the black stone idol of Lord Vishnu is 1m tall and is considered to be one of the 8 swayam vyakta kshetras or self-manifested statues of Vishnu. The religious importance and purity of Badrinath Temple allures scores of devotees.

Badrinath Dham Yatra

Badrinath is a land of myriad legends, each one only adding to the glory of this place. Along with these legends, the snowy mountain peaks, gracefully flowing Alaknanda River and incredible landscapes create the perfect background to facilitate a spiritual connection. It is located between the two mountains Nar and Narayan. Badrinath Dham is a majestic sight as well as the the most important of all the Char Dhams. Lakhs of tourist come every year to this sacred Badrinath town to seek blessings and to get a glimpse of the famous temple of Shri Badrinathji.

Festivals and Activities

The most prominent festival held at Badrinath Temple is Mata Murti Ka Mela, which commemorates the descent of the river Ganges on mother earth. The Badri Kedar festival is celebrated during the month of June in both the temple and the Kedarnath temple. The festival lasts for eight days; artists from all over the country perform during the function.

The major religious activities performed every morning are mahabhishek, abhishek, gitapath and bhagavat puja, while in the evening the pujas include geet govinda and aarti.

The temple is closed for winter on the auspicious day of bhatridwityia or later during October–November. On the day of closure, Akhanda Jyothi, a lamp is lit filled with ghee to last for six months. Special pujas are performed on the day by the chief priest in the presence of pilgrims and officials of the temple.

What to do at the temple

People can offer prayers to the almighty with a pure heart. They can look into the Neelkanth Peak where Lord Shiva is believed to have engulfed the poison. People can also take photographs of the temple and can experience the beauty all around.

Best time to visit the temple

Due to the extreme weather conditions at the high altitude, the path to the Badrinath temple remains snow-covered half the year round. So, the best time to visit the temple is between the end of April to the beginning of November when the path is free of snow and the pilgrimage is thus officially allowed.

How to reach the temple

The best way to reach the Badrinath temple is by a private bus or a hired cab after which you can walk to the temple. Apart from this, people can also choose to trek to the temple from any nearest location.

Other Details

There is no entry fee to visit the temple. People can visit the temple from sunrise to sunset, daily. They can visit the temple almost half a day. Badrinath Temple is generally closes on the day of Bhai Dooj.

You can also get details of the some festivals….Click on the link below

Pola festival

Thaipusam Festival

Karam festival

 

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