Situated in the town of Badrinath, Uttarakhand, Badrinath or Badrinarayan Temple is an ancient temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu. It is one of the 108 Divya Desam dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The temple is also part of Chota Char Dham pilgrimage. The temple is open for six months (from the end of April to the beginning of November) and closed for the rest of the year due to extreme weather conditions. The Badarinath is originally believed to have been a Buddhist shrine till the 8th Century. It was later established as a pilgrimage site by Adi Shankara in the 9th Century.
According to the legends, when the Ganga was requested to descend to earth to ease the suffering of humans, the earth was unable to withstand the force of its descent. To control the force of the descent, Lord Shiva let Ganga flow through His hair and the river was split into 12 holy channels. Alaknanda was one of them and later, it became the abode of Lord Vishnu. According to the legends, it is believed that when Lord Vishnu meditated here, God...View more
ess Lakshmi turned herself to Badri tree (bush) and sheltered him from cold weather. Pleased with Lakshmi, Vishnu named the place Badrika Ashram and later it became Badrinath. This temple is part of famous Char Dham Yatra.Chota Char Dham Yatra
The temple is structured in 3 major parts- the Garbhagriha (sanctum), the Darshan Mandap (worship hall), and Sabha Mandap (convention hall). The conical-shaped roof of the sanctum, the garbhagriha, is approximately 15 m (49 ft) tall with a small cupola on its tip. The cupola is covered with a gold gilt roof. A broad stairway leads up to the main entrance, a tall, arched gateway. Just inside is a mandap, a large, pillared hall, that lead...View more
to the sanctum, and the shrine area. The walls and pillars of the hall are covered with intricate carvings.Picture courtesy: commons.wikimedia.org
Considering that the Yatra involves trekking at an attitude of 14000 ft, devotees are advised to wear comfortable clothing as per the weather. Women are advised NOT to wear sarees. People suffering with critical illnesses are advised to consult their doctor before commuting.
Badrinath is one of the most holy pilgrimages. It is a part of 'Chaar Dhaam' Yatra and naturally, one of the most spiritual locations in India. Long trek bring people from different states together and serve one ultimate spiritual objective. The entire valley looks like a never ending procession of merry pilgrims during the 'yatras'. Traveling to Badrinath is one of the greatest spiritual experiences.
Language Spoken:Hindi, Garhwali and English.
From the nearest Railway and Airport, Buses are the best means of transport to Badrinath. Private car rentals are also available.
Cafe Buransh is situated above Sari, a tiny village hamlet located at an altitude of 2,000 m (6,000 ft) in the Uttarakhand Himalayas. Tungnath, the world's highest Shiva temple, situated in the Chopta Valley, is an hour's drive from here followed by a three-km hike or a pony ride. Shri. Kedarnath, one of the Char Dhams, is a 90-minute drive followed by the option you take to reach the destination: hike/helicopter/pony ride. Madhyamaheshwar - another Panch Kedar, Kali Math, Kali Shila, and Badrinath are also pilgrimage places which can be covered during your stay here. Deoria Tal, a high-altitude lake with mythical connotations is a two-hour uphill walk from Cafe Buransh.
How to Reach: People usually fly to Dehradun (connection flights available from Delhi) and take a 6-hour drive from Dehradun/Rishikesh. The drive covers holy places like Devprayag, Rudraprayag, Agustyamuni, and Ukhimath. The nearest rail-head is Haridwar (225 km).