Time Required: 2 - 3 hours
Open Time: 04:30 AM - 09:00 PM, May - November
Cost: Puja rates - INR 500 onwards
Perched on the Garhwal hill tracks, near Alaknanda River, the most sacred Badrinath Temple or the Badrinarayan Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu who is worshipped as Badrinath by lakhs of devotees every year. The temple is also one of the four Char Dham and Chota Char Dham pilgrimage sites. It finds its mention in the 108 Divya Desams devoted to Lord Vishnu in India. Situated at the height of 10,279 feet, the temple is surrounded by lofty snow-clad Himalayas and is a paradise for nature lovers also. The religious importance and purity of Badrinath Temple allures scores of devotees.
Believed to be originally established by the saint, Adi Shankaracharya, the black stone is considered as the manifestation of Lord Vishnu himself. The main gate of the shrine, painted with myriad colours is surely a treat for your eyes. It has not only the image of Lord Vishnu but, several other gods and saints are housed inside the temple. The immaculate carvings and designs in the main hall will blow your mind. A visit to this holiest shrine makes you attain salvation. The temple with its purity and serene beauty brings you to a different world, bereft of chaos and sins. From November to April end, the temple remains closed due to extreme weather conditions.
Badrinath Temple has a Tapt Kund, a hot water spring which is considered to have medicinal values. 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. A perfect blend of sanctity and natural beauty, Badrinath Temple is the best weekend getaway for you!
The history of the Badrinath Temple is vague. According to one belief, the temple was a Buddhist shrine till the 8th century after which Adi Shankara converted it into a Hindu temple. Another belief is that the temple was originally established by Adi Shankara in the 9th century. It is said that he discovered an image of Lord Badrinath in the river Alaknanda and enshrined it near Tapt Kund. He also expelled the Buddhists living in that region. In the 16th century, the King of Garhwal moved the idol in the present temple. The temple came under the British rule when the state of Garhwal was divided. The Badrinath Temple has gone through several renovations. In the 17th century, it was expanded by the Kings of Garhwal. In 1803, it was destroyed in a major earthquake and was rebuilt by the King of Jaipur.
There are many tales associated with the Badrinath Temple. According to one legend, Lord Vishnu performed penance at this place and during his deep meditation, he was unaware of the harsh weather. His consort, Goddess Lakshmi, turned into a Badri tree and protected the lord. He was pleased by her efforts and therefore, named the place, Badrikashram.
The Badrinath Temple, located on the banks of Alaknanda River, looks attractive from outside with the colourful main gate. It is called as the Singhdwar which is around 50 metres tall with a small cupola on top. The entire shrine is divided into three structures- the Garbha Griha or the sanctum sanctorum, the Darshan Mandap for the rituals and the Sabha Mandap for the devotees. The Garbhagriha has a conical shaped roof covered with sheets of gold and is 15 metres tall. A series of broad stairs lead devotees to the main entrance. Just inside is the mandap, a large pillared hall which has walls of intricate designs. The main shrine has an image of Badrinarayan, a 1 metre tall black stone, holding a conch and a Chakra. The sanctum also houses images of many other gods like Nar and Narayan and Lakshmi and saints like Adi Shankara, Vedanta Desika and Ramanujacharya.
There is no entry fee for devotees. The timing of the temple is 4:30 AM to 9:00 PM. There is a short break in between from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. From November to April end, the temple remains closed due to extreme weather conditions.
Though the regular darshan is free for all devotees, there are different amounts charged for performing special poojas or Abhishekams. The prices are-
4:30 PM to 6:30 AM
Maha Abhishek (1 Person)- INR 4300
Abhishek Puja (1 Person)- INR 4101
6:30 AM to 12:00 PM & 3:00 PM
Ved Path (1 Person)- INR 2100
Geeta path (1 Person)- INR 2500
Badrinath Special Puja
Shrimad Bhagwat Saptah Path- INR 35101
Entire Pujas of a day (1 Person)- INR 11700
Evening Aarti/Archana & Path (6:00 PM to 9:-- PM)
Swarna Aarti (1 Person)- INR 376
Vishnusahasranam Path (1 Person)- INR 456
Kapoor Aarti (1 Person)- INR 151
Shayan Aarti (1 Person)- INR 3100
Daily or Periodical Puja/ Bhog & Akhand Jyoti
Akhand Jyoti Annual- INR 4951
Ghrit Kambal Ghee on closing day- INR 4951
Ghee for Deepak on closing day- INR 3511
Akhand Jyoti One day- INR 1451
Puja on Special Occasions
Bhagwan Nar-Narayan Janmotsava (Shrawan Month)- INR 4951
Shrawani abhishek (Shrawan Month)- INR 11701
Shri Krishan Janmastami Utsav- INR 10551
The Temple remains closed from November to April. An ideal time to visit Badrinath Temple is during summers when the temperature is moderately cold. The mercury lingers between 7 to 18 degrees Celsius. May to July provides a perfect opportunity to visit the temple. The place becomes quite dangerous in monsoons as there are chances of landslides. So, summers are the best option to head out for Badrinath.
The Badrinath Temple is in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand between Nar-Narayana hills on the banks of Alaknanda river. There is a bus stand on the Narayan Palace Road, just 1 Km from the Badrinath Temple. Also, you can take private cars or taxis. Helicopter services are also available for Badrinath from Dehradun. When it comes to the local transport, you can easily reach the temple by your car or taxi. However, exploring the town on foot is the best option.
1. Liquor and non-vegetarian food should not be consumed in this holy town.
2. It is advisable to carry ample woollen clothing since Badrinath is always chilly.
3. Photography is prohibited inside the temple premises.
4. It is normal to feel a little dizzy in Badrinath due to the low oxygen content in the air.
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