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