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BADRINATH                                   General Information of Bdrinath

Badrinath dhaam is considered as one of the most sacred centres of pilgrimage situated in the lofty Himalayan heights in the Tehri-Garhwal hill tracks (Uttarakhand) at the height of 10,248 feet above sea level. The route to Badrinath is one of the most arduous one due to the lofty hilly terrain, curves and cliffs amidst the most scenically beautiful place on the earth.

Located at an in the lap of of Nar-Narayan Parvat, with the towering Neelkanth peak in the background (6597 mts),

Badrinath is one of the most revered Hindu shrines of India. Found by Sri Shankaracharya in the ninth century, this temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. It is said that he had done penance in the legendary Brindavan which was once spread over the mountains of Uttarkhand. A dwelling place of seers, saints and yogis from centuries the places rouses intense religious feelings. Located on the right bank of the Alaknanda river, it is one of the four Dhams, which a Hindu devout has to visit in his life time to attain salvation.

The shrine is encompassed on either side by the two mountain ranges of Nar and Narayan. The Neelkanth peak provides a fantastic background. Badrinath is also known as 'Tapobhumi', the land of meditation and penance and 'Bhubaikunth', which means heaven on earth. 'Tapt Kund', the hot water spring faces the shrine. Narad Kund and Surya Kund are other well known springs in its vicinity.

Namboothiri Brahman from Kerala, the Rawal presides over Badrinath and also is the head priest for Kedarnath.

Best Season:
May to October every year the temple usually remains open from first week of May to 2nd week of November.

STD service, Post and Telegraph Office, Govt. Dispensary & Police check post are available in Badrinath

Around Badrinath

Joshimath
42 kms from Badrinath,
Joshimath is situated on the slopes above the confluence of Alaknanda and Dhaulinganga, it displays unrivalled scenic beauty and also is a well known religious centre. This centre was established by Adi Shankaracharya and called it Jotirmath, which later came to be known as Joshimath. Nav Durga and Narsingh are other interesting temples.

Valley of Flowers
The valley gets its name from the plethora of enchanting flowers that it houses. This valley is one of the most enchanting valleys in the world and was discovered in by Frank S. Smythe. Just close by meanders the Pushpavati river and just providing a picturesque background is the majestic Rataban peak.

Gobindghat
Situated between Joshimath and Badrinath, at the confluence of the Alaknanda and Lakshman Ganga rivers, Gobindghat is the starting point for the trek to the valley. Here the road diverts to the Valley of Flowers National Park (19 kms) and Hemkund Sahib (20 kms).

Chamoli
A scenic spot 10 kms. form Gopeshwar on Badrinath Highway. Chamoli is a tiny mountain retreat with verdant landscapes and fresh mountain air.

Badrinath Temple
The Badrinath Temple lies on the right bank of the river Alakhnanda. It is situated at an altitude of 3133 metres above sea level. This 15 metre high temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is built in the form of a cone with a small cupola of a guilt bull and spire. Built by Adi Guru Shankaracharya, the temple was renovated several times due to damage by avalanches.

The main entrance gate to the temple is a major attraction. The complex has 15 idols. The one metre high image of Badrinath, finely sculpted in black stone, is a must-see. The image depicts Lord Vishnu seated in a meditative pose. 

Tapt Kund appears before entering the Badrinath Temple. Many people throng to this place to take a dip in the holy waters of the natural thermal springs. The water of the kund is believed to possess medicinal properties.

Bramha Kapal is a flat platform on the bank of the river Alakhnanda. Here, the Hindus perform propitiating rites for their deceased ancestors. Sheshnetra is a boulder having an impression of the legendary serpent. Charanpaduka are the footprints of Lord Vishnu on a boulder in this beautiful meadow.

Neelkanth is a pyramidical-shaped snowy peak towering above Badrinath and is known as the ‘Garhwal Queen’. The Mata Murti temple stands on the right bank of the Alakhnanda River. It is dedicated to the mother of Shri Badrinathji. Mana Village nearby, is the last village before Tibet on this route. The Vyas Gufa is the rock cave of Saint Ved Vyas. The Bhim Pul is a natural bridge over the Saraswati River.

The Vasundhara Falls are 122 metres high and they form an important part of the pilgrimage to Badrinath. Alka Puri is the source of Alakhnanda River from the glacier snouts of Bhagirath – Kharak and Satopanth glaciers. Satopanth is a three-cornered lake situated at an elevation of 4402 metres above the sea level. It has been named after the three Gods – Bramha, Vishnu and Mahesh, who are believed to occupy each corner of the lake.

Pipalkoti is a scenic spot amidst snow-clad peaks. 

Panch Prayag
Deoprayag
is the confluence of the Bhagirathi and the Alakhnanda Rivers. Ancient stone scriptures are found here. The most visited pilgrim spots here are the Shiv temple and the Raghunath Temple. The Rudraprayag is the confluence of the Alakhnanda and the Mandakini rivers. The Rudranath temple and the Chamunda Devi temple are sites worth seeing.

Nand Prayag 
Situated at the confluence of Alaknanda and Mandakini rivers.  Temple: Gopalji. The Nanda Prayag houses the Gopalji temple, which is a must-see. Karna Prayag is the confluence of the Alakhnanda and the Pindar Rivers with temples of Uma and Karna. Vishnuprayag is the confluence of the rivers Alakhnanda and Dhauliganga. An ancient temple of Lord Vishnu stands here by a pool called Vishnu Kund. 

Panch Badris
The Yogadhyan Badri is located at Pandukeshwar on the Rishikesh-Badrinath Highway. The image of the lord here is in the meditative posture. The Bhavishya Badri is situated at a height of 2744 metres. The temple is surrounded by dense forests. The picturesque Tapovan valley lies nearby. The valley is famous for its hot springs.

Adi Badri is 17 kilometres from Karnaprayagon the Karnaprayag-Ranikhet road. This place houses 16 small temples. In the main temple, rests a 1-metre high idol of Lord Vishnu in Black Stone. It is enshrined on a raised platform in pyramidal form.

How to get there

 Airport 

Jolly Grant (317 km)

 Railhead 

Rishikesh (300 km), Kotdwar (327 km)

 Road

Well-connected to Rishikesh, Haridwar, Dehradun, Kotdwar and other hill-stations of Garhwal and Kumaon region.

Accommodation
Hotel Devlok, Jhunjhunwala Cottage, Modi Bhavan, Mittal Cottage, Chand Cottage, Badrish Sadan, Pilo Dharamshala, Kali Kamli Dharamshala, PWD Inspection House, Jal Nigam Rest House, Forest Rest House, DGBR Rest House.

Fact File

 Area

3 sq. km

 Rainfall 

1460 mm.

 Clothing

Heavy woollens in May and October to November, light woollens in June to September.

 Language

 Hindi, Garhwali and English.

 


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