Badrinath Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu. It is located in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand. It is one of the temples which form the Char Dham Pilgrimage in India. The temple also a part of the 108 Divyadesams dedicated to Lord Vishnu.
|Temple Timings||4:30 am to 1:00 pm, 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm|
|Abhishekam||7:30 am to 12:00 pm|
|Closing Date||09-November-2019 (Tentative)|
|Time Taken for Darshan||May and June: 4 hours, July-October: 1 hour|
|Best Time to Visit||May, June, September, October|
|Registration||Bio-metric registration in Rishikesh|
Badrinath Temple is surrounded by two peaks named Nar and Narayana. The peaks symbolize twin forms of Lord Vishnu. Neelkanth mountain is in the backdrop of the temple. The temple opens from April to November. It remains closed for the next 6 months due to extreme weather conditions. Lakhs of devotees travel to this pilgrimage every year.
What are the timings of Badrinath temple?
Here are the timings of Badrinath temple:
|Timings|| 4:30 am to 1:00 pm (Morning) |
4:00 pm to 9:00 pm (Evening)
|Closing Date||09-November-2019 (Probable)|
|Poojas||Ved Path, Geeta Path, Akhand Jyoti|
Poojas and sevas are performed at the temple twice a day. Shrimad Bhagwat Saptah Path is one of the special pooja which the temple performs on request. This pooja continues for seven days. A Yagya is performed on the last day of the Pooja.
What is the history of Badrinath temple?
There is no historical record about the temple. The origin of the temple is mentioned in Vedic scriptures. According to the scriptures, the temple was a Buddhist shrine till the 8th century. Another legend says that Adi Shankara found a black statue of Vishnu in Alaknanda River. He established it in a cave later known as the famous Badrinath Temple.
The statue of Lord Vishnu in the temple is Swayambhu in nature. It is one of the 8 self-manifested statues of Vishnu. Vamana Purana mentions that the sages Nara & Narayana did penance here. It is also believed that Narada achieved moksha on Narad Shila located at Badrinath.
What to wear while going Badrinath?
Badrinath temple is situated in the backdrop of Neelkanth mountains. The weather is cold throughout the year. Rainfalls and snowfalls often occur there. Hence, one should wear proper winter clothes with mufflers and gloves. An umbrella is also must to carry.
What are the festivals celebrated here?
Some of the festivals celebrated at Badrinath temple are:
- Badri-Kedar festival – The festival usually occurs in the month of June. Artists from all over Uttarakhand come together to show their musical talent. They dedicate it to Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva. This festival continues for 8 days.
- Mata Murti Mela – Badrinath temple organizes a large fair every September. This day is to celebrate the coming of the Ganga river on the earth. The day is in honor of Mata Murti, mother of Nar & Narayana. Devotees also believe that she divided the Ganga river into 12 channels.
- Janmashtami – This festival is a celebration of the birth of Lord Krishna (8th avatar of Vishnu). It occurs in the month of August or September. Devotees organize several processions for Lord Krishna on this day.
How to reach Badrinath temple?
- Air – The nearest airport is Jolly Grant airport in Dehradun at a distance of 314 km.
- Train – The nearest railway station is Rishikesh (295 km away).
- Road – One can take a bus from New Delhi to Haridwar or Rishikesh.
Where to stay near Badrinath temple?
Some of the places where one can stay near Badrinath temple are:
- New Snow Crest: The hotel is just 1.7 km to the city center. The hotel has a huge entrance. Your car can come to the hotel doorsteps. Rooms are equipped with facilities of hot water, heater, etc. The place is well connected with the market. The temple is at a walking distance of less than 1 km.
- Narayan Palace: This hotel is at the base of the hill and by the side of river Alaknanda. Rooms are equipped with facilities of hot water, heater, etc. Window view from the hotel room is magnificent. Staff is polite and food is delicious in this hotel.
- Sarovar Portico Badrinath: Sarovar Portico is a well-known name. They are known for their nice and polite staff. The hotel has a beautiful infrastructure. The window view of the hotel is excellent. You can easily relax there looking at the mountains and people on the streets.
What are some of the temples nearby?
Some of the temples near Badrinath temple are:
- Adi Badri: It is the 2nd among the ‘Sapt Badri’ temples. When Badrinath temple closes for winters, devotees worship Lord Vishnu in Adi Badri temple. The sanctum of the temple has an idol of Lord Vishnu which is 1 meter high. It has been carved out of black stone.
- Vridha Badri: It is the 3rd among the ‘Sapt Badri’ temples. Devotees believed that Adi Shankaracharya worshipped Badrinath here before taking him to the main temple. Vridha Badri is temple is open for pilgrims throughout the year.
- Bhavishya Badri: It is the 4th among the ‘Sapt Badri’ temples. According to belief, Lord Badri will take abode in Bhavishya Badri at the end of Kaliyuga. The name of the place means ‘Future Badri’ implying that it will be the future residence of Lord Badri.
- Yogadhyan Badri: It is the 5th among the ‘Sapt Badri’ temples. As per mythology, the Pandavas were born here and Pandu achieved moksha here. Yogadhyan Badri has a bronze image of Lord Vishnu. Devotees believe that Pandu installed this image. The image shows the Badri meditating (dhyana). Hence, the name of the shrine comes to be known as ‘Yoga-dhyan’ Badri.
- Dhyan Badri: It is the 6th among the ‘Sapt Badri’ temples. It has an Image of Lord Vishnu which Urvashi established. This image of Vishnu has four arms, made of black stone. It is also in a meditative posture.
- Ardha Badri: It is the 7th among the ‘Sapt Badri’ temples. In comparison to other temples, the idol of Lord Vishnu is smaller here.
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