Taptakund, as the name suggests is a hot water spring, which lies between Badrinath shrine and Alaknanda River. This thermal spring is situated in the Badrinath temple in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. The Taptakund is a natural hot water spring, having 45 degrees temperature. In spite of the freezing temperature and snowfall, Taptakund extracts hot water and is regarded as the residing place of Agni Deva. The water of Taptakund comes from the ‘Garur Shila’ and flows into a concrete stone tank. The nearby cities are Karnaprayag, Nainisain, Kandara, Khatyari and Srinagar.
The healing qualities of Taptakund draw the attention of the pilgrims:
It is believed that having a sacred bath in Taptakund cures all body ailments as it possesses healing qualities. The pilgrims believe that having a holy dip in this hot water spring imparts goodness and purifies the soul. Therefore, it has become a common practice before entering the Badrinath temple.
A mythology related to Taptakund:
According to Hindu mythology, it is believed that Ganga River after coming from the divine feet of Sriman Narayana was born from the dreadlocks of Lord Shiva. As it emerged from the Kapala of Shiva, it is said that the water of Tapta Kund is hotter.
How to Reach:
Taptakund is located between Badrinath and Alaknanda River. One can easily access this place as the roads of Badrinath are well connected with major townships of Uttarakhand. Jolly Grant airport is the nearest domestic airport, located 317 km away from Badrinath and the nearest railhead is also at Dehradun.