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BADRINATH DHAM

INTRODUCTION

Located in Chamoli -Garhwal region of Uttarakhand and at a height of 3133 mts above sea level, Badrinath is one of the most important and sort after pilgrim destination for any Hindus because it is part of both the Main Char Dham and the Chotta  Chardham of the Uttarakhand.  This colorful and ornate exterior, also known as Singh Dwar is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is nestled in the twin mountain ranges of Nar and Narayan along with river Alaknanda. The 15 idols of Vishnu and other gods in the temple complex are sculpted in black stone and interestingly though the temple is located in North India, the head priest is a Nambudri Brahmin from South. Just like Kedarnath, Badrinath closes its doors during Diwali and the idols are shifted to Joshimath. The temple doors reopens during Vaisakh when the idols are placed again with pomp and gaiety.  

THE LEGEND

Lord MahaVishnu is believed to have done his penance in this place. Seeing the Lord doing his penance in the open, Goddess Mahalaxmi is believed to have assumed the form of Badri tree to provide him shelter to face the onslaught of the weather conditions, therefore the name Badri Narayan. It is believed that Lord Vishnu revealed to Narad Rishi that Nar & Naryan forms were his own. It is also believed that Narad Rishi, who also did his penance here, is even now is worshipping the supreme God in the form of Nar and Narayan with Ashtakshara mantras. The image of Badrinarayan here is fashioned out of Saligramam and the lord is seen under the badri tree, flanked by Kuber and Garuda, Narad, Narayan and Nar. Mahalakshmi has a sanctum in the prakaram. There is also a shrine to Adi Sankara

 

HOW TO REACH

Unlike Kedarnath, the route to Badinath is easy and one can reach directly to the temple parking thru seamless motorable roads which makes is easy in many ways.. The route is also comparatively more picturesque and engaging. One has to cross Joshimath to reach Badrinath which is again gateway to Hemkund Sahib and Valley of flowers.

EXCURSIONS

Temple Complex   Badrinath temple houses various temples dedicated to Lakshmi Narasimha mandir, with shrines to Desikacharya and Ramanujachary.

 

Tapta Kund Badrinath : This is located near the temple complex on the banks of River Alakanda. The temperature of the water in this Kund is 55 degree centigrade whereas the normal temperature in this region for most part of the year at 9 -10 degree centigrade to sub-zero levels. Before visiting the temple the pilgrims take a holy bath in the Taptakund.

 

Brahma Kapal Situated on the banks of Alaknanda and about 10 minutes walking from the temple, Brahma Kapal is the place where Hindu perform Pind Dan and Shradh Karma pooja for their departed souls. It  is believed that Lord Brahma himself exists here and ensures moksha for all the departed ones.

 

Mana Village located about 3 kms from the temple area, Mana is infact the last Indian Village controlled by Indian Govt after which you have Tibet / China. This is an interesting village where you can see the mountain people dwelling with simple  lifestyle and also its customary to have tea in “India’s last tea shop”. One can also visit the Vasudhara water fall and the Bhim Pul which is supposed to be the source of river Saraswati along with few other temples. The people are generally shy and do not like to be photographed.

 

Joshimath is a holy town with Jyotir Math temple dedicated to Shankaracharya and also is the gateway to the Sikh holy site of Hemkund Sahib, Valley of flowers  etc.

FESTIVALS RELATED TO BADRINATH

Badri Kedar Festival This eight days spanned festival presents a galore of renowned artists from every nook and corner of the country. At Badri-Kedar festival you would indeed get to catch a glimpse of Indian art and culture at its very best.

 

Mata Murti ka Mela A grand fair is organized in Badrinath Temple in the month of September where the mother of Lord Badrinath is worshipped and hence the name Mata Murti Ka Mela. According to a popular legend, when the river Ganges descended on earth for the welfare of the Human beings, she divided into twelve channels. The place where the river flowed became the abode of Lord Vishnu. This is precisely the holy land known as Badrinath.

 


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