We are talking about another famous and spiritual temple, Badrinath,Uttarakhand. The temple has its named identical to its city name, or can say that the name of the city is named on the name of the temple. If a name has come in your mind, yes, you are right, its the very famous temple of Uttarakhand, Badrinath Mandir.
A beautiful Badrinath photo can be seen attached below which depicts the beautiful temple along with the mountains sorrounding it. Many other Badrinath photos and Badrinath images can be found all over the web.
The Badrinath Temple is located in Garwah Hills tracks of the Chamoli District. It is situated on the banks of Alaknanda River at an elevation of 3,133 m (10,279 ft) above the mean sea level.
About Badrinath Temple :
The Badrinath Mandir is also known as Badrinarayan Temple. The temple is basically a Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the temple is one of the Char Dham of the Char Dham’s of India and is also known as “Chota Char Dham Pilgrimage Site”.
The Badrinath temple is also famous as its one of the 108 Divya Desams dedicated to Lord Vishnu who is worshipped as Badrinath (the holy shrine for Vaishnavites). Below is attached an image of the beautiful Badrinath temple.
Where Is Badrinath Temple ?
The temple is considerably different than other temples in terms of its opening time or visiting hours. As we know that the Badrinath temple is located in Garwahl Hills tracks of the Chamoli District. It is situated on the banks of Alaknanda River at an elevation of 3,133 m (10,279 ft) above the mean sea level, so it faces a very extreme condition of climate every year as its on the Himalayan Region.
Badrinath Temple Timings :
As a result of extreme condition of climate the Badrinath temple remains closed for about half of the year, although every year it gets opened at the end of the month of April and remains open till the end of November.
Although the temple remains opened for only about half months of the year (Six months) hence the best time to visit Badrinath is those 6 months i.e April- November but as per what visitor’s have told, best time to visit Badrinath temple is between month of june to november. In those 6 months the temple has a very large number of visitors. It is said to be one of the most visited pilgrimage site having recorded about 1,060,000 visitors every year only in six months.Badrinath temple live darshan can be seen through live videos broadcasting on various tv and also on youtube via Badrinath temple video links.
Talking about the temple, the temple has an image of the presiding deity Worshipped in the temple is about 1 m (3.3 ft) tall, a black stone statue of Vishnu in the form of Badrinarayan. The statue is considered by many Hindus to be one of Eight Swayam Vyakta Kshetras, or Self-Manifested Statues of Vishnu.
Badrinath Temple History :
Badrinath temple history does not include much information about its origin, but there is a mention of the presiding deity Badrinath in Vedic Scriptures indicating the presence of the temple during the Vedic Period ( 1750–500 bc). As per some accounts of Badrinath temple story, the temple was a Buddhist shrine till the 8th century and Adi Shankra Charya converted it to a Hindu temple.
Coming on to the location and Major Tourist Information about the Temple and steps on how to reach Badrinath temple :
As we earlier said that the temple is located at a very high altitude. So, the means of transport are little less to reach the temple although to enter the city the ways of transport are very easily available. Distance between Delhi to Badrinath is 287 km by rail. Badrinath to Kedarnath distance is 40 km and 292.88 metres and the pilgrimage , Kedarnath Badrinath yatra is popularly known as Dham yatra and this tour package can be booked through any local travel agent.
The First and most common means of Transport is the Roadways and is linked by all road transport facilities available for public by state government and also many private travel agencies who offer many tour packages for making them travel the whole city and the Religious temple by paying some costs to the tourists agents. The Buses are also available all time to reach the city and is connected by all major cities near-by and far away from the state.
Although the routes of train travelling is bit difficult here, so to reach Badrinath you have to take a train which drops you little far before the Badrinath. Nearest railway station to Badrinath is Central railway Station of Rishikesh (RKSH), if you are travelling through train, the Rishikesh is about 138 Km’s away from Badrinath and the second one is Ramnagar (RMR)which is about 154 Km’s away from Badrinath. It is clear by reading that there is no direct train available to reach Badrinath from any of the major city of India.
The next comes the most expensive means of the transport but is time saving i.e. Airways, however the city does not have any Airport to avail the facilities to the passengers but the nearest Airport to Badrinath is DehraDun Airport (DED) which is about 146 KM’s away and the other airport is situated in Kullu, Himachal Pradesh which is the Bhuntar Airport (KUU) which is located about 260 Km’s away from the Badrinath.
The public transport facility provided by Government of Auto-Rikhsaw and Taxi’s are also available in the whole city and especially from the Railway stations and Bus Stops which at an affordable rates could drop you to the Badrinath Temple.
Coming to Our Last Topic of Staying In The City
If you have to planned for a long trip or wants to stay in the city, there are a lot of options available for the people. The first is the I.R.C.T.C. Retiring Rooms which is made available by the Railway department at a very cheap rate charging it for every 12 hours and later-on comes all the other means like hotel, lodges and guest Houses. However if you prefer to take the IRCTC room, you need to travel back to Rishikesh as the facility is not available in Badrinath. The lodges, guests house and other means of staying are also a bit far away from the temple of Badrinath as the temple is located at a higher altitude.
Today the facilities are made available for all types of Resting Rooms to book it online from your home before starting your journey including the Railway’s Retiring Room.
Very near to the Badrinath, is the Indo-Chinese Border i.e. Tibet Border.
So according to convenience and Spiritual Beliefs, although the travelling and staying is bit difficult at near-by to the Temple of Badrinath still this is a place which should surely be visited once.