The holy city of Badrinath situated at an altitude of 3,133m above sea level nestles between the twin mountains Nar and Narayan while the River Alakananda flows beside. The beautiful Neekanth Mountains at the backdrop of the famous Hindu temple it is amazing to watch the throng of devotees making their way to the shrine of Lord Vishnu, the preserver. If you have decided on a trip to Uttarakhand, a tour to Badrinath should be a must in your itinerary.
The famous temple of Hindus, Badrinath was built by the Garhwal kings about 2 centuries ago. It dates back to the time when Sri Shankaracharya who has found the math in the 8th century A.D. The temple is 15 metes in height and has a dome of a gilt bull and spire. Within the temple complex there are 15 idols sculptured in black stone. Lord Vishnu in a meditative posture flanked by Nar and Narayan is th eprinciple idol while other images of Goddess Laxmi, Garud (Vishnu's mount), Lord Shiva, Parvati and Ganesha are also there.
Badrinath Tour has other attractive tourist spots. The hot water spring called the 'Tapta Kund' and other famous thermal springs such as the Narad Kund and Surya Kund attract increasing number of secular visitors to Badrinath too. The best season to visit Badrinath is from the months of May to October. Apart from the temple complex and the thermal springs you will find tour to Badrinath for many are for religious purposes. On the banks of river Alaknanda on a flat platform called the Brahma Kapal you can catch Hindus propitiating sacred rites for their deceased ancestors.
About 1.5 kms away at Sheshnetra you can see a boulder looking like a snake known as the Sheshnag's eye, the legendary snake. Charanpaduka, about 3 kms away from the Badrinath is a beautiful meadow with foot prints of Lord Vishnu on the boulder. Besides the snowy peak towering over Badrinath is the spectacular Neelkanth Mountain, popularly called the 'Garhwal Queen'.
Badrinath Temple Opening & Closing dates 2019
Badrinath Temple opens its doors for devotees on the 10th May 2019. The doors will get closed on 9th November 2019. Each year the opening dates of the temple kapats are fixed on Basant Panchami while the closing dates are decided on Vijayadashami.
The holy shrine of Lord Badri in Uttarakhand remains open for six months in a year. The location deep in the mountains of Uttarakhand makes it inaccessible in the winter season. With the start of summer, the routes open up. On the auspicious occasion the temple brings back the Lord Badrinath and the other deities who spend their winters at Joshimath.
Places to visit in and around Badrinath Temple
Besides the holy shrine of Badrinath, there is much more to see. Soaked in the ambiance of mythology, some of the must visit places in and around Badrinath are:
Mana Village - It is known as the last Indian village before the borders of Tibet/China in the Himalayas. Located in the district of Chamoli by the River Saraswati, the village is designated as a ‘tourism village’ by the state government. After the blessings of the lord, the village recuperates your spirits.
Tapta Kund- A natural hot water spring lying which serves therapeutic purposes at such heights. The kund lies close to the Badrinath shrine and Alaknanda River. The steaming water soothes the body and soul.
Neelkantha Peak- Presiding over the Alaknanda Valley, the town of Badrinath and the shrine, the Himalayan peak rises over 6,596 meters. The beauty of the mountain is legendary.
Charan Paduka- Among the must-visit sites in Badrinath, Charan Paduka is magnificent. According to legends, the beautiful rock has foot impressions of Lord Vishnu. The revered site is to be definitely visited to complete your pilgrimage.
Mata Murti Temple- The sacred Hindu temple is situated on the right bank of the Alaknanda River. The holy shrine is of the Goddess is known to host two hoy fairs that lure devotes for a visit.
Narad Kund- In the embrace of snow covered mountains, Narad Kund is a hot water spring. Naturally enclosed by a rock the bay in the river is among the most prominent tourist attractions in Badrinath. The sacred place is to be believed the site from where Adi Shankaracharya found the idol of lord Vishnu and founded the Badrinath Temple.
Bheem Pul- Named after the mythical character, Bheem the strongest of the Pandavas, the bridge is one of the must visit sites. Built over Saraswati River, Bheem Pul allows a glimpse of the beauty of the surroundings.
Ganesha Cave – Nestled in the Mana Village, Ganesha Cave is a naturally formed cave which is associated with one of the tales of the Mahabharata. It is said her Lord Ganesha penned down the epic narrated by Sage Vyas. Offering view of the magnificent vistas of the Himalayas, the cave is one of the best places to visit in Badrinath.
Brahma Kapal- Of great significance to Hindus, Brahma Kapal is one of the holy sites in Badrinath. It is believed that Lord Brahma exists here and if one pays homage to the site and performs rituals one gets salvation from the constant circle of life and death. Set on the banks of Alaknanda River, the platform is devotees by devotees to get blessings for their ancestors.
Sheshnetra- Associated with the tales of mythology like the other places in Uttarakhand, Sheshnetra is a holy place. It is believed to be the place where Lord Vishnu took retreat as a snake by name Anantha Shesha.
Vyas Cave- The ancient cave on the way to the Mana Village is a beauty along with a touch of mystery. Legends state that the cave was where the great Sage Vyas narrated the Mahabharata.
Panch Dhara and Panch Shila – Of the revered sites in Badrinath, a group of five water streams that originate at Badrinath as well as five mountain blocks are worth mentioning. The five streams are Prahlad Dhara, Kurma Dhara, Bhrigu Dhara, Urvashi Dhara and Indira Dhara. The revered blocks are Garud Shila, Nar Shila, Narsingh Shila, Varah Shila and Markandeya Shila, each with their own tale associated with ancient mythology.
Vasudhara Falls- Settled amid natural beauty, Vasudhara Falls near the holy city of Badrinath is one of the most enchanting sights. It is believed that one free of guilt can enjoy the bliss of the falls.
Alkapuri Glacier- The source of River Alaknanda, the Alkapuri Glacier is set at the base of Balakun Peak at 4,600 m. The marvelous beauty inspire devotes to feel its magic.
Saraswati River- Named after the Goddess of wisdom, the tributary of Alaknanda River flowing in Uttarakhand is one of the holy attractions.
Surya Kund- The hot water spring near Badrinath is situated near the famous Narada Kund. Here people take a dip in the thermal waters before visiting the holy temple. It is believed that bathing in the waters absolves all sins and grants salvation.