Badrinath Dham – Home of Lord Vishnu

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Badrinath Temple

Badrinath is one of the most popular pilgrimages of Indian devotees located in Uttarakhand. The popular temple is edged amidst two ranges. They are Nar and Narayan. The abode of Lord Vishnu, Badrinath is derived from the word Badri which stands for ‘berries’.

The magnificent temple is located at a height of 3133 meters and certainly a tough passage to cover. On the bank of River Alaknanda, the temple is positioned and comprises of thermal spiral, hugely popular spot among the travelers. All the devotees refresh here before proceeding for puja. According to a mythological story, River Ganga commences her journey for earth from this place. This is one of the holiest places for Hindus.

The temple of Badrinath holds 15 idols of Lord Vishnu, Parvati, Garuda, Lord Shiva and many more. All the idols are made up of black stone.

Historical Facts of Badrinath

The sacred temple town Badrinath is one of the most popular pilgrimage of India positioned amidst the snow covered peaks of great Himalayan ranges. In the northern Indian mountainous state of Uttarakhand, the beautiful holy town is located in the district of Chamoli. Feel the magic of spiritual town with your near and dear ones with Go Heritage India Journeys!

Badrinath Temple

The holy temple which is positioned at a height of 3155 meters above the sea level and dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the preserver of the universe. The name of the town is derived from the word Badri, which is a wild berry and favorite of Goddess Lakshmi. The Goddess is known for offering wealth and prosperity to the devotees. She is also the wife of Lord Vishnu.

The 15m tall holy temple is a narrow building comprises of small cupola of a gilt bull as well as a spire. There are 15 idols of Gods and Goddesses in the compound of the temple. Interestingly, every idol is made up of black stone and the main idol belongs to Lord Vishnu.

According to the religious beliefs, both the temples along with the main idol have originated from the pre-Vedic era. Lord Vishnu performed absolution in this temple. In order to protect and guard Lord Vishnu during his absolution, his wife, Goddess Lakshmi transformed herself into Badri Tree. So, come and feel the pure and religious aura of this stunning sacred place!

Spiritual Values of Badrinath

One of the most often visited centers of pilgrimage in India, a country that is dotted with holy town and cities, is the temple town of Badrinath. Located in the midst of snow capped peaks of the great Himalayas, the town is one of the famous Chardhams or four places of pilgrimage of the Hindu devotees. The town lies in the district of Chamoli in the north Indian mountainous state of Uttarakhand that has carved out of the bigger state of Uttar Pradesh.

Badrinath is a holy town of pilgrimage for Hindu devotees from all over the world. It has a temple dedicated to the Lord Vishnu, who is among the foremost Hindu Gods of worship and is taken to be the preserver of the universe. Lord Vishnu is one of the three Gods who combined together form the holy trinity in the Hindu religion.

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Badrinath Town along Alaknanda River

As per ancient mythological tales, Badrinath temple is the place where the Great Lord Maha Vishnu completed his sacrament. The entire region is full of wild berries which are called Badri in the local language. The tale says that this particular wild berry is greatly loved by Goddess Maha Lakshmi, the wife of the Lord Maha Vishnu. In order to ward off any possible difficulty that may disturb her husband, the Goddess Maha Lakshmi is supposed to have transformed herself into a Badri tree. In this form she was able to ward off the onslaught of those areas unpleasant weather conditions. This is the reason as to why the idol of the Lord Maha Vishnu in the holy temple is called as Badri Narayan. Narayan is also one of the names of the Lord Vishnu.

The story tell us that the Lord Vishnu had told his ever obedient worshipper Rishi Narad, that both the forms of Nar, which means human and Narayan, which means the God himself, are his own forms. As per the belief among the devout, Rishi Narad also did his reparation at this place. It is supposed that even today the holy Rishi Narad is worshipping his supreme Lord and master, the Lord Maha Vishnu with ardent devotion by repeating the holy Ashtakshara mantras.

In this place the picture of the Lord Maha Vishnu is shaped out of a Shaligram. The Lord Badri Narayan is seen under the tree of Badri and is edged by Kuber & Garuda, Rishi Narad, Narayan and Nar. Outside the Parikrama is the sanctum of the Goddess Maha Lakshmi. The place also houses a shrine to Adi Sankara.

The holy temple of the Lord Badri Narayan is followed by a temple that is called the Lakshmi Narsimha Mandir. This temple enshrines Desikachary and Ramanujacharya. The Badrinath Tours are a very suitable way of being witness to the spectacular beauty and wonder of the nature in bloom amidst the towering snow capped peaks of the grand Himalayas. At the banks of the holy river Alaknanda in this region is Tapt Kund. The holy river in itself is ice freezing but the Tapt Kund is a group of hot water springs on its banks. The normal temperature of the area is usually 9 to 10 degree centigrade for the most pat of the year and goes down to sub zero levels also. However the temperature of the hot water springs of Tapt Kund is an astonishing 55 degree centigrade. It is a holy ritual among the many devotees coming to the Badrinath to have a bath at the Tapt Kund prior to entering the temple of the Lord Badri Narayan.

Area, Population and Languages Spoken

Feel the spiritual essence of India with Char Dham Yatra, where Badrinath is one of the gateways to attain peace and God’s blessings. During early 9th century AD, the temple has been built and regarded as immensely popular pilgrims of Hindus.

  • Area: 3 sq. Km
  • Altitude: 3,300 m
  • Languages Spoken: Hindi, Garhwali and English
  • Population: 841 (2001)
  • STD code: 01381

Best Time to Visit

Month of May and June and September to November are the ideal time to visit Badrinath, as reaching the temple during monsoons and winters is quite tough.

Markets

The pure and sacred environment can be felt everywhere, as the local markets are selling Puja material, Gods idols, holy dresses etc. Travelers can also buy souvenirs also. Besides shopping, there is several local restaurants offers lip smacking cuisine for the travelers to make them feel fresh.

Climate (Weather) in Badrinath

  • Summer: Cool in day and cold at night
  • Winter: Snow-bound

Distance from Major Cities

Badrinath is well connected to all the major roads with National Highway 58 and total length 538 kms. If you are coming from Delhi, there are two routes:

  • Route 1: Delhi – Rishikesh: 243 km by rail/road, Rishikesh-Badrinath: 297 km by road.
  • Route 2: Delhi – Kotdwar: 300 km by rail/road, Kotdwar-Badrinath: 327 km by road.

Distance to Badrinath

  • Delhi – 518 km
  • Joshimath – 42 km (takes 2.30 – 3.00 hours)
  • Dehradun – 343 km
  • Rishikesh – 297 km
  • Haridwar – 321 km
  • Devprayag – 225 km
  • Rudraprayag – 155 km
  • Karnaprayag – 123 km

Nearest Airport, Railway Station and Bus Stand

Nearest Airport: Jolly Grant Airport positioned close to Dehradun is around 317 kms from Badrinath

Nearest Railway Station: Rishikesh and Kotdwar are the nearby railway stations to Badrinath located at 297 kms and 327 kms resp.

Nearest Bus Stand: Baronet is finely connected with major cities such as Rishikesh, Haridwar, Dehradun and Kumaon cities.

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