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Badrinath Dham - The Abode of Lord Badri

The famed town of Badrinath is among the four dominant Char Dham pilgrimage sites of India as well as the Chota Char Dham. It is perched at an average elevation of 3,300 metres about 10,827 feet above sea level on the banks of Alaknanda River. This holy town is named after the Badrinath temple dedicated to the preserver, Lord Vishnu. Many Hindu devotees are smitten by the charm of this holy shrine as it showcases the traditional Garhwali wooden architecture.

Badrinath is one of the most popular and visited religious towns of the Hindus located in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand in India. The town of Badrinath lies between Nar and Naryana mountain ranges and in the shadow of the mighty Neelkantha peak. The several turquoise lakes, towering peaks, sacred ponds and water bodies make Badrinath a must visit place. 

Badrinath Temple Opening and Closing Dates 2018

Badrinath Closing Date 2018: Badrinath temple will be closed on 20 Nov 2018. After that, the deity will be placed in Pandukeshwar (Joshimath) during the winters. 

Badrinath Kapat Opening Date 2019: Earlier this year, the portals of Badrinath Temple were opened on 30th of April 2018. The opening dates of Badrinath Dham for 2019 Yatra will be updated soon. You can book your tour to Badrinath with us visit our Char Dham Packages.

Badrinath Mythology and Legend

According to legend, the temple was originally established by Adi Shankaracharya which was renovated several times after its establishment. Badrinath is also one of the Panch Badris. The other four badris are Yogadhyan Badri, Bhavishya Badri, Bridha Badri or the 'Old Badri' and Adi Badri.

The Badrinath area is known as Badari or Badarikaashram in Hindu scriptures. It is a place sacred to Vishnu, particularly in Vishnu's dual form of Nara-Narayana. Thus, in the Mahabharata, Krishna, addressing Arjuna, says, "Thou wast Nara in a former body, and, with Narayana for thy companion, didst perform dreadful austerity at Badari for many myriads of years."

One legend has it that when goddess Ganga was requested to descend to earth to help the suffering humanity, the earth was unable to withstand the force of her descent. Therefore the mighty Ganga (Ganges) was split into twelve holy channels, with Alaknanda being one of them.

The mountains around Badrinath are mentioned in the Mahabharata, where the Pandavas are said to have ended their life by ascending the slopes of a peak in western Garhwal called Swargarohini - literally, the 'Ascent to Heaven'. Local legend has it that the Pandavas passed through Badrinath and the town of Mana, 4 km north of Badrinath, on their way to Swarga (heaven). There is also a cave in Mana where  the great sage Ved Vyasa is believed to have written the epic Mahabharata.

Activities in Badrinath

Apart from visiting Badrinath Temple and other nearby temples you can do the following:

Trekking: Badrinathis also a gateway to heart throbbing, mountain expeditions to the towering mountain ranges like Neelkantha. Various treks starts from Badrinath for thrill seekers, such as Satopanth Trek, Mana Pass Trek and Charanpaduka treks.

Village TourismMana village, which is only 4 kms from Badrinath, is also known as last village on Indian side of Indo-China border. One can easily hike to Mana village to explore about the culture and customs of the place. There is also a cave, Vyas Gufa, where it is believed sage Vyas composed Mahabharata 

Tapt Kund, the natural thermal springs located on the banks of river Alaknanda attracts many devotees, as it possesses medicinal properties. Some of the popular tourist attractions of this place arethe Brahma Kapal, Neelkanth Parvat, Mata Murti Temple, Charanpaduka, NaradKund, Mana, Bheem Pul, Vyas Cave, Ganesha Cave, Sheshnetra, the Panch Dharasand the Panch Shilas. 

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Badrinath Travel Tips

  • Please respect the place by refraining from alcohol and non-vegetarian food in the Holy Town of Badrinath. 
  • At an elevation of more than 3000 metres, the weather at Badrinath is always chilly no matter when you are visiting. It is advisable to carry ample woolen clothing.
  • The pilgrimage to Badrinath is not as arduous as Kedarnath, however it is normal to feel little dizzy due to low oxygen content in the air. Make sure to get yourself checked with a physician prior to the pilgrimage.
  • Photography may be prohibited inside the temple, especially inside sanctum sanctorum. Please abide by the guidelines outlined by temple authorities. 
  • Travelling to Uttarakhand in monsoons is little risky as the region witness road blockages due to frequent landslides. Best time to visit Badrinath is from May-April and September-October.

Badrinath has ample accommodations to stay, from the frugal dharamshalas to affordable guesthouses to 3-star hotels, it is easy to find a place to stay in Badrinath, if you are travelling in off-season.

As thousands of devotees ascent to the revered Badrinath shrine during the peak season, even finding a bed could be a task, let alone a room to stay. It is advisable to book an accommodation at Joshimath which is 45 kms from Badrinath. You can make a day trip to Badrinath and return to Joshimath by evening.

At an elevation of 3,300 meters, not many restaurants could be found andonly a handful of seasonal local eating joints and stalls tend to serve the pilgrims and tourists. The food served here is North Indian cuisine and popularChinese delicacies with limited choices. Due to the religious significance ofthe place, non-vegetarian food and alcohol are strictly prohibited at Badrinath.

In the 9th century, the holy town of Badrinath was re-established as a prominent pilgrim site by Guru Adi Shankaracharya. In the early years, the pilgrims used to walk hundreds of miles to pay obeisance at the sacred Badrinath temple. During the time of First World War, the town of Badrinath had only 20 dwarf huts, where the temple staff lived.

Architecture of Badrinath Temple

The architecture of Badrinath temple bears a striking resemblance to the Buddhist Vihara (temple). The facade of the temple is built out of stone and has arched windows. On the walls and pillars of the mandapa, one can see the intricate carvings. To enter inside, one has to take the broad stairway that leads to the arched gateway, the main entrance of the temple.

This remarkable temple is 50 feet tall, having a small cupola on top covered with agold gilt roof. Inside the temple, one can see the calm and meditative posture of Lord Vishnu, flanked by Nar and Narayan. Around 15 idols have been are enshrined in the temple that are carved out of black stone.

There are two mythological stories related to Badrinath, the first states that as per the Vamana Purana, the two sages named Nar and Narayana (the fifth incarnation of Lord Vishnu) performed their penance here and Bhakt Narada was able to attain salvation. 

Whereas, the other legend tells that Lord Vishnu in his child avatar manifested near the Neelkanth Parvat in search of a place to meditate.Upon searching, he fell in love with the site near Alaknanda river. Lord Vishnu then incarnated as a child near the Rishi Ganga and Alaknanda rivers (now in the vicinity of Neelkanth Parvat) and started crying. When his cries reached the ears of Goddess Parvati, it melted her heart at once. She wanted to help the child so she took her consort, Lord Shiva to meet him. When Parvati asked the child, 'What do you want?' The child asked for the site that he liked for meditating. Parvati granted his wish and now the same place is revered as BadriVishal.

Badrinath Pilgrimage Travel Destination

The main attraction of Badrinath is the Badrinath temple also known as the Badrinarayan temple. It is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is also one of the 108 Divya Desams or holy shrines of Vaishnavities. The present temple is conical in shape built two centuries ago by the Garhwal kings. 15 idols are present in the temple complex, each built in black stone. Lord Vishnu is represented here in a meditative posture and is flanked by Nar and Narayan.

Some of the other attractions of Badrinath include the Tapt Kund a natural thermal spring on the banks of the Alakananda. You can also visit the Panch Prayag i.e. Devprayag, Rudraprayag, Nandprayag, Karnaprayag, Vishnuprayag; from Badrinath. You can also visit the Mata Murthi temple which is dedicated to the mother of Sri Badrinathji. At a distance of 3km from Badrinath is the Mana village popularly known as the last village of India, inhabited by people of  Indo-Mongolian tribe.

Badrinath Photo Gallery

View of Neelkanth Peaks from Badrinath Dham.
Alakananda river flowing through a glacier bridge at Badhrinath
Neelkant massif as seen from Badrinath, Uttarakhand.
Snow capped peak of Mount Neelkant as seen from Badrinath
River Alaknanda flowing towards Badrinath.
Around Mana village, Near Badrinath.
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What is Badrinath famous for?

Badrinath is famous among tourist as Badrinath Temple, Char Dham Yatra, Pilgrimage, Temple.

Badrinath is recommended destination for Couples, Family and Kids, Foreigners, Groups, Solo.

Badrinath is popular destination for following activities/ interests - Char Dham, Monuments of National Importance, Panch Badri, Pilgrimage, Temples.

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