Badrinath is a blessed town and a nagar panchayat in Chamoli region in the state of Uttarakhand, India. It is the one of the four sites in India’s “Char Dham” pilgrimage, get its name from the place of worship of Badrinath.
Badri refers to a “berry” that was said to grow in abundance in the area and nath means “Lord of”. Badri is also a Sanskrit name for the Indian Jujube tree which has an edible berry. Some scriptural reference refer to Jujube trees being plentiful in Badrinath.
History of Badrinath
Badrinath was reestablished as a most important pilgrimage place by ‘Adi Shankara’ in the 7th century. In former days, pilgrims used to stroll hundred of miles to visit “Badrinath temple”. The temple has been constantly destroyed by avalanches and earthquakes. As not on time as the First World War, the municipality consisted only of the 20 odd hut used by the temple’s employees, but the location draw thousands every year and up to 50,000 on its duodecennial festival.
Best Places to visit in Badrinath
- Badrinath Temple
- Bheem Pul
- Tapt Kund
- Saraswati River
- Vasudhara Falls
- Vyas Gufa
- Brahma Kapal
- Ganesh Gufa
- Narada Kund
- Yogadhyan Badri
- Mata Murti Temple
- Alka Puri
Badrinarayan Temple or Badrinath is a “Hindu temple” devoted to Vishnu which is located in the township of ‘Badrinath in Uttarakhand, India’. The temple and town form one of the four Chota Char Dham and Char Dham pilgrimage sites. The temple is moreover one of the 108 Divya Desams devoted to Vishnu, who is worshipped as Badrinath – holy shrine for Vaishnavites. It is open for six months every year. The temple is situated in Garhwal hill track in Chamoli region all along the banks of Alaknanda River at an height of 3,133 m above the mean sea level.
Bheem Pul is situated in Mana, the last village located on the border with Tibet. It is 3 km away from “Badrinath”, is built over Saraswati River. Mana Village host the popular Bheem Pul situated opposite the Vyas Gufa near Badrinath. It is a natural stone bridge across the mighty Saraswati River. Situated in the mythical Badrinath, Bheem Pul has a legend linked with it. It is believed that the Pandavas of Mahabharata started their Swargarohini from this village.
The Tapt Kund is a group of natural sulphur springs situated on the bank of River Alaknanda beside the Badrinarayan Temple. It is said that when Lord Vishnu was happy with Agni Dev’s (Fire God’s) penance, he granted a boon to eternally reside in the form of this kund here. The kund can incinerate the sins of all the devotees who come to take a holy dip in it. Don’t you think it is a miracle of sorts, for such hot springs to reside amid all the low temperatures around? Indeed, nature never fails to astound us.
Best time to visit Badrinath
Badrinath is a cold place where it snows nearly all of the year. However, the most excellent time to visit this holy town is from “May to June” and again from “September to October”. Summers are here from May to June, a enjoyable weather to visit this place. The average temperature is approximately 18 degrees Celsius. Monsoon falls from July to September with regular rainfalls. Temperature drops down to 15 degrees Celsius. Travelling is difficult during this time due to landslides. Winter breaks from October to April, bringing chilly weather touching 5 degrees Celsius. Heavy snowfall can be practiced throughout this time which makes travelling hard and block roads. The place of worship remains closed all through monsoon as landslide hold back the trip of the pilgrim.
How to reach Badrinath
By Air : The nearest domestic airport is “Jolly Grant Airport” in Dehradun which is located 317 km away. The nearest international airport is New Delhi.
By Train : The nearest railway station is Dehradun Junction. One can always opt for a taxi or a other public means to reach the destination.
By Road : The streets of Badrinath are courteously linked with the neighbouring places. Taxis and buses are easily available to reach the target from places like Uttarakhand, Srinagar and Gaziabad.