Overview of Badrinath
Badrinath is located 3,133 m above sea level in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. The temple is one most important shrine among the Char Dham Pilgrimage sites & also highly revered among the Panch Badri. It is mentioned in Bhagavata Purana that at Badrikashram (means Badrinath), the sages Nara and Narayana had been undergoing great penance since time immemorial for the welfare of all living entities. This religious town is situated between Nar & Narayan Mountains on the bank of river Alaknanda. There are few legendry believes associated to this scared place.
When Goddess Ganges was descending in the earth, she split entire water into 12 channel & one of them was Alaknanda.Another believe is that when Lord Vishnu meditating here then Goddess Lakshmi stood next to protect him from scorching sunlight & later she turned into a Badri herself called 'BADRI VISHAL' and lord (Nath) became the Badrinath. It is mentioned in Mahabharata that Pandavas ascended to heaven from the Swargarohini peak through Badrinath and the town of Mana, 4 km north of Badrinath.
Places to See in Badrinath
- Mana village : It is located 03 Kms ahead from Badrinath temple & last village at Indo-China Border. Mana village is on the bank of river Saraswati. It is famous for woolen garments made for sheep wools as shawls, pankhi & etc. The place has religious importance also; it is believed that Pandava’s went to heaven from this village only
- Satopanth: Satopanth is one of high altitude lake, situated at the distance of 18 Kms from Mana which can be covered by trekking. It is believed that Trinity (Brahma Vishnu and Mahesh) takes bath in this Sarovar on auspicious occasion of Ekadasi as per Hindu Calender
- Neelkanth: It is lofty snow clad peak which forms backdrop of Badrinath shrine. It is also known as ‘Queen of Garhwal’, The place is also famous for Brahmankamal flower.
- Tapt Kund: Tapt kund is a natural hot water spring. Bathing at this Kund is believed to be auspicious before entering Badrinath Temple. The hot water of Kund has healing & medicinal value also
Brahmkapal: It is located 02 Kms from Badrinath & situated at bank of Alaknanda river. The devotees perform Pooja here for salvation of the ancestors & rid them from cycle of birth & death.
- Charan Paduka: It is just 3 km away is a beautiful meadow carpeted adorned with himalayan flowers during summer.
- Narada Kund: Narad kund is hot water springs near to Tapt Kund. It is said that at this place Sage Adi Shakaracharya recovered the idol of Lord Vishnu. Before Darshan of Badarinath it is common ritual to take holy dip in this Kund.
- Vasudhara Falls: Vasundhara Falls located in the Mana Village & it is main attraction of the place. The sparkling water falls from 400 ft. The majestic view of imposing peaks of Satopanth, Chaukhamba and Balkum can be seen from here.
- The Urvashi Temple:Badrivishal, the ashram of Nar and Narayan, where both performed penance and now, in the shape of mountains, guard the temple, was also the scene of their temptation. While they were in deep meditation, Lord Indra sent a group of celestial maidens or apsaras to distract them. Narayan tore his left thigh and out of the flesh, created several nymphs each more beautiful than the other. The most ravishing of all of them – Urvashi — led the nymphs to Indra and shattered his pride near a small pond in the Charanpaduka, 2 kilometres from Badrivishal. The pond bears the name of Urvashi; and there is a temple on the outskirts of Bamni village dedicated to the lovely nymph.
- Sheshnetra: 1.5 km away is a boulder having an impression of the legendary snake, better known as the Sheshnag’s eye (Shesh meaning Sheshnag and Netra meaning eye). On the opposite bank of the river Alaknanda, in the lap of Nar Parvat, there are two small seasonal lakes. Between these lakes is a boulder having an impression of the legendary snake, Sheshnag.
- Vyas Gufa: It is an ancient Cave (gufa) of Sage Vyas Muni where he wrote great epic Mahabharata. The caves associated with ancient sages and yogis, like Ganesh Gufa, Bhima Gufa and Muchakanda Gufa are known since very long.
- Mata Murti Mandir: Located about 3 km from Badrinath, on the right bank of the Alaknanda stands this temple. The Temple is dedicated to the mother of Shri Badarinath (Maa Murti).
- Panch Dharas: The Panch Dharas (five streams) which are famous in Badaripuri are Prahlad, Kurma, Bhrigu, Urvashi & Indira dhara. The most striking of these is the Indira dhara, about 1.5 km north of the town Badaripuri. Bhrigudhara flows past a number of caves. The one on the right of river Rishi Ganga, originally from the Neelkanth range is Urvashi dhara. Kurma dhara water is extremely cold whereas Prahlad dhara has lukewarm water, which glides majestically down the rocks of Narain Parvat.
- Panch Shilas: Around the Tapt Kund there are five blocks of mythological importance called Narad, Narsimh, Barah, Garur & Markandeya Shilas (stone). Standing between Tapt and Narad Kund is conical formed Narad Shila. It is said that the sage Narad meditated on this rock for several years.
How to reach to Badrinath:
Nearest railway station to Badrinath is Rishikesh located at distance of 290 Kms approx.
Jolly Grant airport is closest airport which is 315 Kms approx.
Badrinath distance by Surface:
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||560 Kms (approx)
Best time to visit Badrinath:
Apr – Jun & Sep - Oct
Summer & post monsoon is best time to visit Badrinath.
Shimla – Badrinath – 560 Kms (approx)