At least once in a lifetime …..

Badrinath is one of the most important piligram place of the country which is a part of sacred ” Chardhams ” of the state  . Its geographical position is on the high bank of Alaknanda at an altitude of 3,133 metres is flanked by Nar and Narayan mountains. Neelkanth Peak  forms a splendid backdrop. Shri Badrinath temple  dedicated to Lord Vishnu  which was established by Adi shankaracharya and latter built by the rulers of Garhwal , about two centuries ago which is  divided into the garbha , the Darshan Mandap and Sabha Mandap  The principal idol carved out of  black stone represents  meditating Lord Vishnu. “ Tapt Kund ” , holy hot water  spring is located in front of temple  and a dip in the waters of the spring  is a must before entering the shrine .

  • Chardhams are situated in the four corners of India , in which Badrinath is one of holyplace in India .
  • Badrinath is located in Uttarakhand of India .
  • There is a local proverb regarding the greatness of Badrinath.Ther is a  proverb  that one who visited  Lord Badrinath even once never comes back to the mother’s womb Its meaning is that he gets completely free or liberate from life cycle of life and death . For liberation of life cycle , the scriptures recommend visiting Badrinath at least once in a lifetime.
  • Alakananda River flows nearby to  Badrinath which is washing  the holy feet of the Lord.
  • According to  scriptures , Badrinath dham as the second ‘Vaikuntha’ (the abode of Lord Vishnu). ‘Ksheer Sagar’ (the Milky Ocean) is one Vaikuntha and the other is Badrinath. It is believed that Lord Shiva used to reside here but Lord Vishnu sought this land from him.
  • Interesting story behind the name ‘Badrinath’ is that ,Once, Devi Laxmi got angry with Vishnu and left for her father’s house. Later, pacified when she returned, she saw Lord Vishnu meditating in a forest of ‘Badri’ (jujube berry) trees. Amused, she named him Lord Badrinath.
  • Saraswati Temple is situated at the origin of River Saraswati near Mana Gaon
    which is situated 3 km from Badrinath. This river flows for a while and then vanishes into Alaknanda River. It is a common belief that one day the present Badrinath will also vanish and reappear at Bhavishya Badri.
  • It is a commonly held belief that Lord Shiva was released from the sin of ‘Brahma-Hatya’ (killing of Brahman) at Badrinath. The place is known as ‘Brahma Kapal’ which is actually a high rock pedestal where people pray for their ancestors with the belief that their ancestors will be liberated from the cycle of Life and Death
  • It is believed that the Narasimha Temple in Joshimath has connection with the Badrinath Temple. One of the arms of Narasimha is thinning away slowly but gradually. The day it breaks, local believe that the Nar and Narayan mountains will merge and there will be no view of Lord Badrinath thereafter.
  • The second spot of the Chardham Yatra is Yamunotri. There is a temple of River Yamuna here. After that, it is Kedarnath and then Badrinath. It is seen that when the door of the last two shrines open, there is a glowing lamp in each which burns for six months. It is believed that the gods light the lamp when no human can stay in the frigid weather.
  • Chardham Yatra starts from Gangotri from where the turbulent Ganga River emerges and ends at Badrinath. Badrinath is situated in between two mountains – Nar and Narayana. It is believed two hermits named Nar and Narayana, both incarnation of Lord Vishnu in Satyug, meditated here who were born as Arjun and Krishna in Treta Yuga.
  • The high priest of Badrinath is from the clan of Adi Shankaracharya. He is called ‘Rawal’. During his span as a priest, the Rawal cannot marry and has to be celibate. For them, even the touch of women is considered sin.
  • Chardham Yatra starts from Gangotri from where the turbulent Ganga River emerges and ends at Badrinath. Badrinath is situated in between two mountains – Nar and Narayana. It is believed two hermits named Nar and Narayana, both incarnation of Lord Vishnu in Satyug, meditated here who were born as Arjun and Krishna in Treta Yuga.
  • Various other legends are attached to the town, one of which speaks that the Pandavas crossed the town of Badrinath, on the way to heaven passing through the Mana village, also known as the last Indian town near the Tibetan border. A cave in the village named as the Vyasa cave, named after the Saint Vyasa, who is known to have authored the Mahabharata in the cave.
  • The temple opens every year in the month of April – May and closes for winter  in the third week of November

Way to reach Badrinath……..

  • By Air
    The nearest airport to Badrinath is the Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun. From Dehradun there are taxis and buses that can be hired to reach the destination. Badrinath lies at a distance of 331 km from Dehradun.
  • By Train
    The nearest railway stations to Badrinath are at Rishikesh, Kotdwara and Haridwar. The first two are small stations and are not connected by fast trains. However, Haridwar is connected via the Indian Railway network to major cities in India.
  •   By Road
    Badrinath can be reached via National highway 58 which connects the town to Delhi and other major cities of India. Buses from Delhi to Badrinath via Haridwar and Rishikesh are available throughout the year, bus and taxi services are increased during the summer season when the pilgrims travel for their Char Dham Yatra. Buses and taxis are available from Rishikesh and Haridwar too.

Other places around Badrinath ….

 

  • Tapt Kund
  • Brahma Kapal
  • Neelkanth Peak
  • Mata Murti Temple
  • Charanpaduka
  • Narad Kund
  • Mana village
  • Vyas Cave
  • Ganesha Cave
  • Panch Dharas and Panch Shilas

Recommended  Mobile Application for Badrinath Yatra

‘Shubh Badrinath Yatra’ is a mobile application to provide information about the pilgrimage between Joshimath and Badrinath. The Chief Minister of Uttarakhand Harish Rawat launched the mobile application on 6 October 2015. According to the officials, when the users will be online, the application will automatically detect them and will give them all the required information from that place. The facilities include the emergency and helipad services and are linked to the Google Maps.

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