Narsingh Temple Joshimath, is an ancient temple for Lord Narasimha, the fourth incarnation of Vishnu. It is present in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand, and is one of the 108 ‘Divya Deshams’ of Vishnu. Since the temple is a part of ‘Sapt Badri’, it is also popular as Narsingh Badri Temple.
As per reports, the famous Narsingh idol in the temple is shrinking continuously, such that the right arm of the idol is ‘thin as a hair’ as per devotees. According to a prophecy, a destructive landslide will occur when the right arm of the idol falls down. This will hence block the route to Badrinath. It is a part of the Char Dham Yatra packages within Uttarakhand.
What is the history of Narsingh Temple Joshimath?
According to history of Narsingh Temple Joshimath, Adi Shankaracharya established the idol of Lord Narsingh in the temple. Devotees believe that the temple is 1200 years old, and was the abode of saint Badri Nath. Also, the idol was constructed during the reign of Lalitaditya Yukka in the 8th century.
According to a Legend, Lord Narsingh saved his devotee Prahlad when his aunt tried to burn him in a fire on the orders of his father. He also killed the demon Hiranyakashyap.
What is the significance of Narsingh Temple Joshimath?
The significance of Narsingh Temple Joshimath is that the fourth incarnation of Vishnu is depicted as being half-human and half-lion. His idol in the temple is 25 cm high and he sits on a lotus. On the left hand side of Lord Narsingh, there is an idol of Goddess Chandika.
While, towards the right hand side are present Lord Ram, Goddess Sita, Lord Hanuman and Garuda. The temple also contains idols of Badrinath, Kuber and Uddhav. Devotees believe that Badrivishal rests in the temple during winters. Hence, the priests take the idol of Badrinath temple to Narsingh Temple during winters and place it alongside the Narsingh idol.
What are the timings of Narsingh Temple Joshimath?
Here are the timings of Narsingh Temple Joshimath:
What are the festivals celebrated at Narsingh Temple Joshimath?
Some of the festivals celebrated at Narsingh Temple Joshimath are:
- Holi: It is the Hindu festival of colours which relates with the story of Lord Narsingh saving his devotee Prahlad from a fire set up by his aunt on being urged by his father Hiranyakashyap. The festival signifies the victory of good over evil, the arrival of spring, end of winter, and for many a festive day to meet others.
- Narsingh Jayanti: This is celebrated as the day on which Lord Vishnu appeared in his half-human and half-lion form, popular as ‘Lord Narsingh’. It is the shukla chaturdashi in the month of Vaishakh.
How to reach Narsingh Temple Joshimath?
Here’s how to reach Narsingh Temple Joshimath:
- Air: Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun is the only airport available to reach Joshimath.
- Train: Nearest railway stations are Dehradun ( 294Km) and Rishikesh ( 256Km)
- Road: There are buses available for rishikesh/badrinath from ISBT Kashmere Gate. One can reach the temple by foot from the Joshimath bus stop.
Where to stay near Narsingh Temple Joshimath?
Some of the places where one can stay near Narsingh Temple Joshimath while undertaking the Char Dham Yatra are:
- Super 8 Temple: Rooms are en-suite and offer amenities such as air-conditioning, cable TV, coffee makers, microwaves, and mini-fridges. Guests also benefit from free Wi-Fi.
- Country Inn & Suits: In the rooms, guests can view the premium channels on the television and can connect with friends over the free Wi-Fi. They can also prepare meals in the kitchenette, which includes a refrigerator, microwave, and coffee/tea maker. All bathrooms are en-suite and include a shower/tub combo and hairdryer.
- Temple Travelodge: The hotel serves a free continental breakfast every morning to fuel its guests. Coffee is also served in the lobby for 24 hours. Otherwise, the surroundings offer tasty food from Texas Roadhouse to Dynasty Chinese Restaurant.
What are some places to visit near Narsingh Temple Joshimath?
Some of the places to visit near Narsingh Temple Joshimath are:
- Rudraprayag: It is present at the confluence of river Alaknanda with river Mandakini, in Uttarakhand. It has an average elevation of 895 metres. It is the fourth confluence following Vishnuprayag, Nandaprayag and Karnaprayag. Also, famous temples located in the region are Kedarnath Temple, Omkareshwara Shiva temple, Madmaheshwara Temple and Trijuginarayan temple. It is also a part of the holy Dham Yatra within Uttarakhand.
- Vasudeva Temple: It is one of the most famous Vishnu temples in India and is present 30 yards away from the Narsingh temple. The main diety of the temple is Vasudeva whose idol is carved out of a black stone and is 6 feet high.