History of Badrinath Dham
Badrinath Dham is about 100 kilometers from Chamoli in the Chamoli District of Uttarakhand.It is situated on the banks of the Alaknanda River.
Along with the Nilkanth Mountains as well as the Nar and Narayan mountains. It is one of the Badri of Panch-Badri.
Badrinath Dham is one of the four shrines in India.
Badrinath Dham is situated at an altitude of 10827 feet above sea level.
This temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Badrinath Dham is a built-in Kasturi style. Adi Kedar’s temple is located near Badri Kedar’s temple.
Badrinath is a place of salvation and it is also one of the four dhams(धाम ) of India.
Opening and closing timings of Badrinath Dham
The doors of Badrinath are opened only for 6 months for devotees in the summer season. Due to heavy snowfall, the doors of Badrinath are closed for 6 months.
The doors of the Badrinath temple open for devotees every year in late April or in the first week of May.
This year, in 2021, Badrinath Temple kapat (doors) opening date is on 18 May at 4:15 in the morning.
With the opening of the kapat(कपाट ), a large number of devotees start arriving here for darshans. After about 6 months of worship, the doors of the temple are closed in the winter.
The doors of Badrinath mandir are closed around November.
In Winters, 10 to 15 feet of snowfall in Badrinath and this place becomes extremely cold then Badrinarayan ji is worshiped at Narasingh Mandir in Joshimath, about 50 km from Badrinath.
How to reach Badrinath Dham
To reach Badrinath, you can go from any part of the country via Haridwar or Dehradun or via Haldwani Kathgodam.
Haldwani to Badrinath is 315 km and Rishikesh to Badrinath is 295 km and 570 km from Delhi.
- Way to Badrinath from Haldwani(Kathgodam)(BY ROAD):
- Way to Badrinath from Rishikesh(BY ROAD):
You can easily reach Badrinath by air, Badrinath by rail, and Badrinath by road. The closest airport to Badrinath is Jolly Grant Dehradun Airport and Rishikesh railway station is the nearest railway station.
The nearest airport for Badrinath is Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun, The distance of Jolly Grant Airport(Dehradun) to Badrinath is 310 km. The various services are available from Dehradun airport to Joshimath. You can hire taxis or use Buses. From Joshimath, you can go to Badrinath by road.
The nearest railway head for Badrinath is Haridwar Railway Station, which is about 314 km from Badrinath.
Apart from Haridwar, you can also come to Rishikesh and Dehradun railway station.
These are the three railway station which is suitable for going to Badrinath and connects other cities of india to Uttarakhand.
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You can use state transport buses or private buses to reach Joshimath. You will get regular services for Joshimath. The distance from Rishikesh to Badrinath is 294 km, the distance from Haridwar to Badrinath is 314 km, the distance from Dehradun to Badrinath is 331 km and the distance from Delhi to Badrinath is 533 km.
The specialty of Badrinath Dham
Badrinath Dham is the principal fascination in the city. This sanctuary of Lord Vishnu, inherent antiquated style, is tremendous. Its stature is around 15 meters.
As per the legend, Ruler Shankar found the picture of Badrinarayan on a dark stone in the Alaknanda Waterway over the stone of Shaligram. It was initially inherent a cavern close to the natural aquifers.
Various forms of Badrinath Dham
There are 5 forms of Prayer of Lord Vishnu Narayana in Badrinath Dham, Badrinath in 5 forms of Vishnu.
• Sri Vishal Badri
• Sri. Yog Dhyan Badri
• Sri. Bhavishya Badri
• Sri.Virdh Badri
• Sri. Aadi Badri
The salvation of fathers in Badrinath
Badrinath is also considered as Moksha Dham, especially during Pitrupaksha where ancestors are offered on the banks of Alaknanda.
It is believed that by donating the body in Badrinath, the fathers get salvation and after that you do not need to donate the body.
Places to visit in Badrinath
After visiting Badrinath, the tourists also visit the village of Mana, which is located about 3 kilometers from here, Mana village is the last village of India bordering India’s China border. Cave, Saraswati Temple, Bhima Bridge, Vasudhara, and Satopanth. It is a small village where the people here live in the village from May to October and due to excessive snowfall here in winter, people go to the village of Chamoli located below for medicines found in the Himalayan region. Mana village is famous
It was here that Ganesh ji wrote Ved Vyas to the voice emanating from Ved Vyas ji’s mouth.
Written work of Vedas and Upanishads took place here.
Mana Gaon is also called the last village of India. The river Saraswati which is not visible anywhere in the whole of India appears in a manifest form in the village of Mana.
Mana, the last village of India, is situated at an altitude of 18,000 feet above sea level
Three km ahead of Badrinath in the Himalayas. The cultural heritage of this village bordering the Indo-Tibet border is not only important, it is also famous for its unique traditions. Very few people know about this village situated at the confluence of the Gupta Ganges and Alaknanda, just a little away from Badrinath.
There are many historical places to visit near Mana village. If you climb uphill from the village, first you can see Ganesh Cave and then Vyas Cave.
It is here that Vyas ji composed Puranas and divided the Vedas into four parts. It is here that Vyas cave and Ganesha cave prove this mythology that while writing Mahabharata and Puranas.
Vyasji spoke and Ganeshji wrote. Vyas cave is bigger than Ganesh cave.
Satopanth Lake is a beautiful lake spread over a radius of about 1 kilometer. To reach here, a tourist has to travel on foot.There is no arrangement for cart horses to come here.
Satopanth is about 21 kilometers from Mana(माणा). Satopanth is the origin of the river Alaknanda, it is also believed that King Yudhishthira departed from this place directly in heaven.
Vasundhara waterfall is a waterfall with a panoramic view. The way to reach the waterfall is very difficult, but tourists would come here to see the beauty here.
In Vasundhara, the water falls from a height of 500 feet.
Vasudhara falls at a distance of about 5 kilometers from Mana(माणा ), the water falls from a height of 500 feet, It is believed that if the drop of this waterfall touches you then all your sins will be destroyed.
At a distance of 3 km from Badrinath, near mana Bhima Pul is situated ,which is built over the Saraswati river.It is believed that a large stone pul was built by Bhima which is called Bhimpul.
You can also visit Ganesh Gufa and Vyas Gufa etc. besides Bhima pul, these caves are also visited here.
about 300 meters from Vyas Gufa , Bhimpul is located. it is believed that when the Pandavas were going to heaven, they found the Saraswati river on the way.To cross the river on it, a huge rock was placed by Bhima over the river, which we know as Bhima Pul.