A full view of the Badrinath Temple
A full view of the Badrinath Temple

Badrinath Temple is located in the town of Badrinath in Uttarakhand state, dedicated to Lord Vishnu and also one of the 108 Divyadesam Temples (a group of 108 temples dedicated to Lord Vishnu).This temple is also named as ‘Sri Badri Narayana Perumal Temple’ and ‘Thiruvadhari Ashramam’. It is said that Badrinath Temple was originally installed by Adi Shankaracharya and it was renovated several times after its installation. And it is said that this temple has been turned from a Buddhist shrine into a Hindu temple by Adi Shankaracharya.

A closeup view of the entrance at Badrinath Temple
A closeup view of the entrance at Badrinath Temple

The current structure of the Badrinath Temple is constructed by the Garhwal Kings. The temple stands at a height of 50 feet, having three sections, the Garbhagriha (sanctum), Darshan Mandap (Worshipping hall), and Sabha Mandap (convention hall). Badrinath Temple is opened only for six months every year (between the ends of April till the beginning of November) because of the extreme weather conditions in that region. Badrinath Temple is one of the most visited shrines in India at an elevation of 10,279 feet above the sea level.

A distant view of Badrinath Temple
A distant view of Badrinath Temple

Specialty

Main deity of this temple is ‘Lord Badrinarayanan’ (another name of ‘Lord Vishnu’), made of black stone at a height of 3.3 feet. Lord Badrinarayanan is represented in this temple in a meditative posture, who is fringed by Nar and Narayan (Lord Vishnu’s dual form). The idol of Lord Badrinarayanan holds a Shankha (conch) and a Chakra (wheel) in two of his arms in a lifted posture. The other idols in this temple are:

  • Lord Kubera, the god of wealth
  • Lord Saint Narada
  • Saint Uddhava
  • Nar and Narayan
  • Lord Lakshmi Narasimhar
  • Saint Adi Shankara
  • Saint Vedanta Desika
  • Saint Ramanujacharya
Badrinath Temple in winter season
Badrinath Temple in winter season

Badrinath Temple is one of the 108 Divyadesams (a group of 108 temples dedicated to Lord Vishnu). The idol of Lord Vishnu in the form of Lord Badrinarayanan is said to be self-manifested. There is a thermal spring in this temple named Tapt Kund which is believed to be having medicinal properties. The Badrinath Temple is one of the Panch Badris, the temples dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The Panch (five) Badri temples are:

 

  1. Vishal Badri – Badrinath temple located at Badrinath
  2. Yogadhyan Badri at Pandukeshwar
  3. Bhavishya Badri at Subain
  4. Vridh Badri at Animath
  5. Adi Badri located near to Karnaprayag
An aerial view of Badrinath Temple
An aerial view of Badrinath Temple

Pooja Timings

  • Maha Abhishek – 4:30am to 6:30am
  • Abhishek Puja – 12noon and 3:00pm
  • Ved Path and Geeta path – Morning/Evening (6:30am to 12noon and 3:00pm)
  • Swarna Aarti – 6:00pm to 9:00pm
  • Vishnusahasranam Path – 6:00pm to 9:00pm
  • Kapoor Aarti – 6:00pm to 9:00pm
  • Shayan aarti – 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Festivals

  • Badri Kedar – June
  • Mata Murti Ka Mela – September or October
  • Krishna Janmashtami – July or August
By Road

Badrinath can be reached via National highway 58 which connects the town to Delhi and other major cities of India. Buses from Delhi to Badrinath via Haridwar and Rishikesh are available throughout the year, bus and taxi services are increased during the summer season when the pilgrims travel for their Char Dham Yatra. Buses and taxis are available from Rishikesh and Haridwar too.


By Train

The nearest railway stations to Badrinath are at Rishikesh, Kotdwara and Haridwar. The first two are small stations and are not connected by fast trains. However, Haridwar is connected via the Indian Railway network to major cities in India.


By Air

The nearest airport to Badrinath is the Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun. From Dehradun there are taxis and buses that can be hired to reach the destination. Badrinath lies at a distance of 331 km from Dehradun.

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