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.
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.
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
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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