Perched on the Garhwal hill tracks, near Alaknanda River, the most sacred Badrinath Temple or the Badrinarayan Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The temple is also one of the four Char Dham and Chota Char Dham pilgrimage yatras. Situated at the height of 10,279 feet, the temple is surrounded by lofty snow-clad Himalayas. Believed to be originally established by the saint, Adi Shankaracharya, the black stone idol of Lord Vishnu is 1m tall and is considered to be one of the 8 swayam vyakta kshetras or self-manifested statues of Vishnu. It also finds its mention in the 108 Divya Desams devoted to Lord Vishnu in India.The religious importance and purity of Badrinath Temple allures scores of devotees.
Placed between Nar and Narayan mountain ranges, Badrinath has been mentioned in various Vedas as well. It also derives huge importance due to mention in Hindu mythology especially related to Lord Shiva and given the array of legends, tales and beliefs that surround it. The main gate of the shrine painted with myriad colours. It has not only the image of Lord Vishnu but, several other gods and saints are housed inside the temple. From November to April end, the temple remains closed due to extreme weather conditions. Badrinath is accessible by road and therefore driving up to this pilgrim spot is not difficult.
Badrinath Temple has a Tapt Kund, a hot water spring which is considered to have medicinal values. River Alaknanda is known to originate from here. The vibrant festivals of Mata Murti Ka Mela and the Badri Kedar Festival give you another reason to visit the temple. Both these festivals are celebrated with vim and vigour. The temple with its purity and serene beauty brings you to a different world, bereft of chaos and sin.
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Badrinath has amazing scenic beauty, surrounded by snow covered peaks and water bodies like Alaknanda and Rishi Ganga. One of the four Dhams and famous for the Badrinath Temple. Badrinath is located close to Auli, one of the best skiing places in India.
Heavy snowfall during winter and landslides during monsoon season are common causing frequent roadblocks this making Badrinath inaccessible for travellers and pilgrims during most months. And it is crowded with lots of pilgrims during May, June, September and October.
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