Chardham Yatra in Uttarakhand has special significance in India where tremendous devotees from all over the world mark their presence to seek blessings from the almighty. Char Dham Yatra that entails a sacred journey to four sacred abodes of God in Uttarakhand includes a visit to Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath and out of which Badrinath Dham has tremendous importance.
Significance of Badrinath Temple
It is so impressive to learn the fact that this sacred destination which is being devoted to Lord Vishnu has been dedicated to humanity. The land where Lord Vishnu meditated under a Badri tree for thousand incessant years and taught us the ultimate way of welfare of mankind is incomparable in the world. Today, it is considered as one of the holiest Hindu temples and is also one of the 108 Divya Desams, holy shrines for Vaishnavites.
Badrinath is also famous among one of the Panch Badris. The other four Badris are Yogadhyan Badri, Bhavishya Badri, Bridha Badri or Old Badri and Adi Badri.
Located in Chamoli district in Uttarakhand, the town of Badrinath Temple resides amidst the Nar Narayan mountain ranges in the shadow of Nilkantha peak, 301 km north of Rishikesh. The Badrinath Temple is a 50 ft long structure residing besides the Alaknanda River at an elevation of 3133 meters above the sea level.
The Badrinath Temple has a small cupola on the top, covered with a gold gilt roof and the frontal is composed of stone with arched windows. The temple is adorned with several murtis (idols) but the most important one is a one meter tall statue of Vishnu as Lord Badrinarayan made of black Saligram stone sitting under a gold canopy. The Badrinath Tempe offers the enchanting image of Lord Vishnu that impresses us with its legendary importance. The temple was built in 8th century by Adi Shankaracharya, the famous Hindu reformist.
Devotees make a sure visit inside the temple to witness Garbha Griha, Darshan Mandap and Sabha Mandap. The temple is made more appealing with the presence of a Tapt Kund, a natural thermal spring where the devotees take a holy bath to purify them before paying their homage to the holy temple. The water in Tapt Kund has also some medicinal and healing properties that bring a large gathering of people.
In Badrinath there are some other captivating places which are must visit for the ardent devotees. On the way to Badrinath temple, one can also witness the famous Panchprayag namely Nandaprayag, Rudraprayag, Karnaprayag, Deo Prayag and Vishnuprayag.
The weather remains pleasant throughout the year and the vicinity of Chamoli is very attractive. The atmosphere during the morning and the evening is chilly and so the pilgrims are always advised to carry woolen clothes with them whenever they plan their trip to Badrinath temple.
Best Time to Visit
The temple is open only six months every year (between the end of April and the beginning of November), due to extreme weather conditions in the Himalayan region.
How to Reach
The devotees can make a sacred visit to Badrinath pilgrimage from the nearest airport at Dehradun. One can also find the redemption by visiting Badrinath through Rishikesh also. The road route is also approachable here with bus services or through their own conveniences. The most advantageous factors while making the trip to Badrinath Dham is that the tourists can find picturesque surroundings and natural heart-winning surroundings throughout the routes of Char Dham Yatra.