Badrinath Uttarakhand – Badrinath Tourism, Badrinath Travel Guide

Badrinath: Let your emotions be sublimed by the spirit of Badrinath in this blessed land 

What every devout Hindu perhaps wistfully looks forward to is to offer a tribute, a puja at the famous Badrinath Temple which stands with crowning glory at the apex of the ‘Chardhams’ and your Chardham darshan comes to a close with your darshan of the Badrinath shrine.

badrinath temple

badrinath temple

Temple Location

The Temple is located in the town of Badrinath which has been named after the temple. It falls in the Chamoli district of the North Indian State of Uttarakhand. This sacred town is uniquely tucked in between the Nar-Narayana mountainous range. The beautiful Nilkantha peak, lying 301 Kilometres towards the North from Rishikesh overshadows the Badrinath town. The altitude of the place from sea level is 3133 meters and the town has River Alakananda flowing past it. Badrinath was re-established as a pilgrimage site by Adi Shankaracharya in the ninth century. In the earlier times pilgrims used to walk hundreds of kilometres to visit this temple. In the recent years, its popularity has increased with about 6, 00,000 pilgrims visiting this place in the year 2006. The temple of Badrinath is a sacred pilgrimage site for Vaishnavites.

Shrine & What the myths say

The main attraction of the town is the Badrinath temple. According to legend Shankara discovered a black stone image of Lord Badrinarayan made of Saligram stone in Alakanada River. He enshrined it in a cave near the tapt Kund hot springs. In the sixteenth century, the king of Garwal moved the murti to the present temple. The temple is approximately 15 meters tall. The mountains around Badrinath are mentioned in the Mahabharata. There is also a cave in Mana where Vyasa, according to legend, wrote Mahabharata. Myths also declare say that the temple is dedicated to One among the Panch badris, the remaining four being Adi badri, Bhavishya badri, Yogadhyan badri, Bridha Badri

Mata Murti Ka Mela: Main festival
Mata Murti Ka Mela is the most important festival celebrated in Badrinath Temple to commemorate the descent of Ganga on mother earth. The mother of Badrinath is worshipped during this festival and she is believed to have divided the mighty river into twelve channels for the welfare of earthy beings. Although Badrinath is in North India, the head priest of the temple is a Brahmin chosen from south Indian State of Kerala.

panchprayag

panchprayag

Other Attractions for Pilgrims & Basic Travel tips

On the way to Badrinath Temple one can visit famous Panchaprayag namely Nandaprayag, Rudraprayag, Karnaprayag, and Vishuprayag. The pilgrims can make a visit to Badrinath temple from the nearest airport at Dehradun. One can also visit Badrinath from Rishikesh too. There are many bus services available to Badrinath or through private conveyance. The best time to visit this place is from March-June. The weather of Badrinath remains pleasant all through the year but the atmosphere during the mornings are very chilly and so the pilgrims are advised to carry woollens and warm clothes during the trip.

Best time to Visit: April to November is best time to visit Badrinath Dham

How to Reach There

Air – Jollygrant is the nearest Airport from Badrinath, around 300 kms.
Rail – Nearest Railway Station is Rishikesh, around 297kms, which is connected to major cities like Mumbai, Delhi, Lucknow and Ludhiana
Road
Taxi:
Private taxies are also available between Haridwar and Badrinath on hire.
Buses: U.P. Transport Corporation operates daily bus services from Delhi to Rishikes

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The Story of Amarnath

Where the lord Shiva narrated the secret of immortality.

Om Tryambakam yajamahe, Sugandhim pushti-vardhanam!
Urvarukamiva bandhanan, Mrityor mukshiya mamritat!!
(Mahamritunjay Mantra- Rig veda)

Situated at the height of 3,888 m (12,756 ft.) in Himalaya Amarnath Dham falls in region of Jammu & Kashmir of India. A very famous and well organized Amarnath Yatra held every year in summer (shravan month July-August) for a very short period. The Hindu shrine Amarnath Ji hold lakhs of devotee every year (350000 pilgrims visited in 2013). As the name Cave shrine dedicated to lord Amreswar ”An immortal god Shiva”  (a most ancient god, evidence of worshiping of Shiva found in sculptures of India’s ancient civilization  Mohenjo-Daro & Haddapa.

amarnath cave

amarnath cave

The legend – This devotional site holds a very popular legend with its origin. In a mythological incidence once upon a time at Kailas par vat goddess Parvati (the consort of lord Shiva) was dressing her long hair in front of mirror looking very happy. Same time Devrishi Narad appeared there and asks to goddess.

Dev rishi Narad – O mother what happen, you are looking very happy.
Godess Parvati – Yes Narad I am remembering my husband.
Rishi Narad – but mother lord Shiva show more love and attention towards his skull (rund -mund) bead wearing in his neck and always meditate to it.  When lord Shiva came to home, Goddess Parvti asked him.
Goddess Parvati – O my lord please tells me, do you love me?
Lord Shiva– Yes loves you but why are you asking such question to me?
Goddess Parvati – Dev Rishi Narad told me that,” you love & meditate more about theses beads not me.
Lord Shiva (With smile) – Actually theses mund (skull) is your when you died I add a skull in my bead (mund maala). So indirectly I meditate and love only you.
Goddess Parvati – how it can possible that I died many time and you not even one.
Lord Shiva – Actually I am immortal due to effect of Amarkatha (immortal story). So I never died.
Goddess Parvati – O my lord please also tells me the secret of Amarkatha, I also want to be immortal.
Lord Shiva – O Devi please don’t ask the secret of immortality, it is not good for any creature even god and dev.

But goddess Parvati pressurized him to explain the virtue of Amarkatha for her because she also wants to be immortal. Seeing this intensity lord Shiva became ready to narrate the secret of immortality in front of Devi Parvati.

Amarnath Yatra

Amarnath Yatra

In search of a lonely place Lord Shiva left his vehicle and other articles at different places, bull Nandi at Bail Gaon (Pahalgam), moon at Jataon (Chandanwadi), snakes Shesnag at the bank of lake Shesnag, lord Ganesa at Mahagunas (maha ganesh mountain) and five earthly elements air, water, Fire, earth and sky. And ordered his trident to run or kill the entire creature from a specific place, tridents started evolved fire and air to keep away to all man animals, birds human beings and any other creatures from the surrounding,

Later Lord Shiva entered into a cave with goddess Parvati and took Samadi to start story of immortality. Lord Shiva was telling story and Goddess Parvati was making cooing sound as she hearing the story, at same time with the effect of Amarkatha two young pigeon came out after breaking the eggs laid by a pair of pigeon who flew by threat of trident, these pigeon started cooing as goddess Parvati, but after sometime she slept and young pigeon started cooing in place of Goddess and growing fast. Lord Shiva understands that Devi Parvati is listening the story.  As the story got end he opened his eyes and find sleeping the goddess. Seeing this he became amazed and angry on who was making sound of cooing by which Shiva feel Goddess Parvati is hearing the story and he continued it till end. By threatened of god both pigeon flew away and sheltered in a hut of sage, when lord Shiva reached at near to hut he ordered to sage,’ bring outside both bird I will kill them, they has listened Amarkatha without my permission. Then sage replied politically O my lord if they have listen the Amarkatha then how can you kill them hearing this lord Shiva realize his mistake and after blessing return back.

Later this holy cave became popular as Amarnath cave and place as Amarnath Dham, you can also see a pair of white pigeon at Amarnath Ji even in winter.