Badrinath

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Introduction (Badrinath)

BadrinathThe holy Badrinath Dham Badrinath- The holy Dham is in the state of Uttaranchal of the Himalaya mountains.The temple's elevation is 10,248 feet (3050meters). Badrinath is above the Alaknanda river, believed to be a headstream of the holy Indian river ,Ganges.This place has some special significance from the Indians perspective. According to the ancient believers, the name Badrinath has cropped on the basis of Badri Van, where the lush green Badri trees grow. The word badri is derived from the wild berry that Lord Vishnu survived on during his reparation at Badri Van. Badrinath is an 8th century monastery and a temple to the Hindu god Shiva.The great Indian scholar and teacher Sankaracharya hold the credit to develop this popular pilgrimage.Adjacent to the shrine is the hot spring pool of Taptakund in which pilgrims take a dip before worshipping Sri Badrinatha. Badrinath is one of the four Dhams, a devout Hindu has to visit in his lifetime to attain salvation.

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Situated on the river bank of the river Alakananda Badrinath is sandwiched within the two mountain ranges of Nar and Narayan, with the Neelkanth peak on the background. This gorgeous and rare beautiful sight is itself an enchantment for tourists and is called the "Garhwal Queen." The nearest cities are Rishikesh (300 km), Mussoorie and Dehradun. The night temperatures falls to as low as 10C. The day temperatures are never too high even in summers thus proving Badrinath to be a distinct identity as compared to other places.

Places to Visit

Badrinath, is a tourist atttract for both the Indians and the foreigners.Badrinath is one of the four Dhams along with Puri, Rameswaram and Dwaraka. Badrinath is also known as Tapobhumi (land of meditation and penance) and Bhubaikunth (heaven on earth). It is situated at an altitude of 3130 meters above sea level. The temple, also known as Badri Narayan, is dedicated to Vishnu, who is said to have done penance in the mythical Brindavan, that once covered the mountains of Uttaranchal. Besides the main temple itself, the entrance to the shrine is of special significance.

YamunotriTapt Kund,a natural hot water and cold springs are at the enterance of the temple.Before entering the temple , the pilgrims take a holy dip in the Tapt Kund.Other famous natural spring sites are Narad Kund and Surya Kund.

A rock boulder with the impression of Sheshnag, a mythological serpent, called Sheshnetra, is also a place which impresses the visitors. Another important temple is the Mata Murti temple, dedicated to the mother of Badrinathji.The footprints of Lord Vishnu are present on a boulder called Charanpaduka.

The origin of Alakananda River, Alka Puri, attracts the tourists. Satopanth, a triangular lake, is located at a height of 4400 meters above the sea level and is one of the sources of the Alakananda River. It is named after the Hindu trinity-Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva.

Rudraprayag, which is at the meeting point of the rivers Alakananda and Mandakani, is known for the Rudranath and Chamunda Devi temples. Nandaprayag is known for the Gopalji temple. The fifth pilgrimage spot is Vishnuprayag, at the confluence of Alakananda and Dhauliganga, where there is a very ancient temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu, besides the pool of Vishnu Kund. The convergence of the rivers gives birth to the famous pilgrim sites that are collectively called the Panch Prayag. Devprayag, is famous for its rock inscriptions and the temples dedicated to Lord Shiva and Raghunath.

UttarakashiPilgrims around Badrinath

Joshimath
Jyotirmath,the religious centre, established by Adi Shankaracharya, later came to be known as Joshimath. The other sites of interest are the temples of Nav Durga and Narsingh. Apart from its obvious religious importance, this place is unparalleled for its scenic beauty.

Valley of Flowers
Frank S. Smythe, in 1931, discovered this great valley. The valley is profuse with a plethora of vibrant flowers, hence the name. Nearby, flows the river Pushpavati, while the massive Rataban peak forms a splendid backdrop.

Gobindghat
Gobindghat is the starting point for the trek to the valley. This trakking attraction valley is situated between Joshimath and Badrinath.

Lok-Pal Hemkund
One of the most famous Gurudwaras in India, Hemkund Sahib is located here, it is believed to be 4320 metres above sea level. Lok-Pal Hemkund lake, with its crystal clear waters, and four peaks surrounding it acts as another important tourist attractive spot.Mana Village, the last village in the Indo-Tibetan border is about 4 kms from here.

How to Reach

Airways :
Jolly Grant,is the nearest airport,which is about 317 km from Badrinath. Helicopters and small private airlines are also allowed to land there.

Railways :
The nearest railway stations are Rishikesh (297 km) and Kotdwar (327 km). Roads-Badrinath is well connected by roads from Rishikesh, Hardwar, Kotdwar, Dehradun, and other hill retreats of the Garhwal and Kumaon region.

Area : Badrinath is believed to cover 3 Sq. Km area.

Languages : The localites usually speak Hindi, Garhwali and English.

Best Time to visit : Being covered by snow the best time to enjoy is believed to be between the months May to September.

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