Badrinath- the abode of Lord Vishnu- is nestled in the twin mountain ranges of Nar and Narayan. It is the most visited tourist destination for the travelers and pilgrims of India and abroad. This is considered as the holiest of the four main shrines.
Badrinath in Uttarakhand has a scenic backdrop. Located at an altitude of 3,133 m. above sea level, this shrine is dedicated to Vishnu, the preserver. The temples that were many times renovated because of the avalanches comprise a 15 m. tall conical structure and a small cupola of a gilt bull and spire. The 15 idols of Vishnu and other gods in the temple complex are sculpted in black stone.
The colorful "Singh Dwara" or the main entrance gate has given the temple complex an attractive look. The structure can be divided in three parts:
- Garbha Griha (the sanctum sanctorum)
- Darshan Mandap (for pujas)
- Shobha Mandap (for devotees to assemble)
Mythological legend holds that Alaknanda, one of the twelve holy channels of Ganga, became the abode of Lord Vishnu or Badrinath, one of the Panch Badris. It dates back to the Vedic times. Badrinath in Uttarakhand India is also known as 'Vishal Badri'.
During your visit to the main temple of Badrinath, you should also pay a visit to the four other smaller badri temples. They are:
- Yogadhyan Badri
- Bhavishya Badri
- Bridha Badri or the 'Old Badri'
- Adi Badri
Besides the Badrinath Temple, you can visit other tourist's attractions in Badrinath which include:
- Tapt Kund
- Brahma Kapal
- Mana Village
- Mata Murti Temple
- Alka Puri
Getting to Badrinath:
Badrinath can be accessed by air, rail and road. The nearest airport is Jolly Grant (317 kilometers). The nearest railhead is Rishikesh (300 kilometers) and Kotdwar (327 kilometers). By road, Badrinath is well connected to Rishikesh, Haridwar, Dehradun, Kotdwar and other hill stations of Garhwal and Kumaon region.