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Badrinath Temple, Structure Of Temple, History Of Temple, Best Time to Reach

Badrinath Temple

Badrinath temple is one of the 108 divine incarnations of Lord Vishnu. It is one of the holy shrines. Badrinath Dham is also part of the Panch Badri temples including Yoga Meditation Badri, Bhavishya Badri, Adi Badri, and Badrinath Temple including Old Badri.

Structure Of Temple

The main entrance of the Badrinath temple is decorated with different colors and is very grand, which is known as the Singh Gate. The temple is about 50 feet in length, above which is a small dome, covered with a gold gilt roof. The Badrinath temple is mainly divided into three parts.

  1. Garbha Griha
  2. Darshan Mandap where rituals are held
  3. Sabha Mandap where pilgrims gather

At the Badrinath temple gate, right in front of the main idol of the god, the idol of Garuda, the carrier bird of Lord Badrinarayan, sits. Garuda is sitting and praying with folded hands. The walls and pillars of the pavilion are covered with beautiful carvings.

The Garbha Griha is covered with a gold umbrella and has Lord Badri Narayana, Kubera (God of Wealth), Narada Rishi, Uddhava, Nara, and Narayana. There are 15 statues in the Badrinath complex. Especially one which has an attractive idol of Lord Badrinath, which is finely carved in black stone.

History Of Temple

According to the legend, Lord Shankar discovered a black stone idol of Lord Badrinarayan in the Alaknanda River that was made of saligram stone. Lord Shankar installed the idol of Lord Badrinarayan in a cave near the hot springs of Tapta Kund. Later, the king of Garhwal transferred the idol to its present location in the sixteenth century. It represents Lord Vishnu sitting in a meditation posture called Padmasana.

Badrinath shrine derives its name from the local wild berry which is Badri. It is said that when Lord Vishnu was absorbed in austerities in these mountains, his consort Goddess Lakshmi took the form of a plum tree and hid him while protecting him from the harsh sun rays. It is not only the abode of Lord Vishnu but is also home to countless pilgrims and saints who meditate here in search of knowledge.

“According to Skanda Purana, Jagadguru Shree Shankaracharya had recovered the idol of Lord Badrinarayan from Narada Kund and re-established it in the 8th century.”

According to Hindu tradition, Badrinath is also called Badri Vishal, which was re-established by Adi Sri Shankaracharya in order to reclaim the lost reputation of Hinduism and join the nation in a bond.

Best Time to Reach

Winter (October to April)

Winter (October to April) has chilly days. Minimum can touch sub zero levels and snowfall is very common. These months are not the perfect time for traveling.

Summer (May to June)

Summer (May to June) are very pleasant with moderately cold climate. Summers is ideal for all sight seeing and the holy Badarinath pilgrimage.

Monsoon (July to mid-September)

Monsoon (July to mid-September) are accompanied with regular rains and also temperature drops down. So before start your journey, kindly ensure the condition of route between Rishikesh to Badarinath.

The holy city of Badarinath is open for public views from April/May to November.

The region experiences pleasant and cool summer while winters are very chilly and snowfall is a regular occurrence.

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