Badrinath Temple, Uttarakhand

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BADRINATH TEMPLE Badrinath Temple town of Badrinath in Uttarakhand, India. Badrinath temple is dedicated to the Lord Vishnu. The Badrinath temple form one of the four Char Dham pilgrimage sites. It’s open for six months every single year (between the end of April and the beginning of November), because of thrilling weather circumstances in the Himalayan province. ARCHITECTURAL STYLE The main Badrinath temple the 1 m (3.3 ft) Shaligram (black stone) image of Badrinarayan, which is housed in a gold canopy under a Badri Tree. The image of Badrinarayan holds a Shankha (conch) and a Chakra (wheel) in two of its arms in a lifted posture and two arms are rested on its lap in a Yogamudra (Padmasana) posture. The sanctum also houses pictures of the god of wealth—Kubera, sage Narada, Uddhava, Nar and Narayan. There are fifteen more images that are also worshipped around the temple. These include that of Lakshmi Garuda and Navadurga, the manifestation of Durga in nine various forms. The temple also has mandir of Lakshmi Narasimhar and for saints Adi Shankara, Vedanta Desika and Ramanujacharya. All the idols of the mandir are made of black stone. SANCTUM: Lord Vishnu DATE BUILT: 8th Century AD TIMEING TEMPLE OPENING AND CLOSING TIME The Badrinath temple doors opens at 04.30 am & closes at 1. Pm. Once again it doors opens at 4.pm & closes at 9.pm after the divine song Geet Govind. OPENING RITUAL The Badrinath main temple opens every single year in the month of April-May & closes for winters in the third week of November. The temple is closure for 6 months every single year throughout that prayers to the Badri Vishal harbor at the Narsimha mandir in Joshimath. The dates for inaugural date of Shri Badrinath main mandir will be announce by the priests on Basant Panchmi. HOW TO REACH By Air The nearest airport from Badrinath is the Jolly Grant Airport near Dehradun, about 317 km from Badrinath. By Helicopter The distance by a helicopter journey is hardly 100 km. There are many providers of helicopter service from Dehradun to Badrinath. By Train The nearest railway stations to Badrinath are at Rishikesh (297 kms), Haridwar (324 kms) and Kotadwar (327 kms). Rishikesh is not connected by fast trains and Kotadwar has very less number of trains. Thus Haridwar serves as the best railway station if you are visiting Badrinath by train. Haridwar is connected by many trains from all part of India. By Bus Badrinath is easily accessible by road. It is located at a distance of 525 Km from Delhi & 296 Km from Rishikesh. There are regular buses operating to Badrinath from Delhi, Haridwar, and Rishikesh. Regular buses operate from Rishikesh bus station to Badrinath and start very early before dawn. The last bus from Rishikesh leaves for Badrinath before dawn. The road is narrow after Joshimath and travel is not permitted on the road after sunset. REST HOUSE AND HOTELS The Badrinath temple is a top attraction of tourist. There are many residences to stay in Bandrinath temple. There are various hotels as well as private organization which takes good care of the people. There are 5 star hotels as well as hotels with minimal charges according to the traveller’s budget. e.g. Hotel Narayan Palace, Hotel The Kedar Dev's, AR Resort, Sarovar Portico Badrinath and New Snow Crest Hotel etc. The cost of the hotels are very minimal as they keep the needs and request of the customers in their mind. These hotels provide wifi, hygienic food and clean environment. OTHER TEMPLES OF BADRINATH KEDARNATH TEMPLE Kedarnath Temple commonly known as Kedarnath, is a Hindu temple. The Kedarnath dedicated to the Lord Shiva. It is situated in the Garhwal Himalayan range near the Mandakini River in Kedarnath, Uttarakhand in India. Kedarnath is highest among the 12 Jyotirlingas. This temple, over a thousand years old is built of massive stone slabs over a large rectangular platform. GANGOTRI TEMPLE Gangotri Temple commonly known as Gangotri, is a Hindu temple. The Gangotri dedicated to the Maa Ganga. It is situated in the Uttarkashi district in the state of Uttarakhand, India. Gangotri is a Hindu pilgrim town on the banks of the river Bhagirathi and origin of River Ganges. The temple of Gangotri located at an altitude of 3042 m overhead sea level amidst captivating surroundings. Conferring to famous Hindu legend, it was here that Maa Ganga embodied when Lord Shiva free the huge river from the locks of his hair. YAMUNOTRI TEMPLE Yamunotri Temple commonly known as Yamunotri, is a Hindu temple. The Temple of Yamunotri at the source of river Yamuna is the western - most temples in the Garhwal Himalayas. It’s located at an height of 3,293 metres (10,804 ft) in the Garhwal Himalayas and positioned approximately 30 kilometers (19 mi) North of Uttarkashi in the Garhwal Division of Uttarakhand, India. It is one of the four sites in India's Chhota Char Dham pilgrimage. WEBSITE & CONTACT Shri Badarinath Temple Committee Maa Chandra Badni Temple, Near Oberoi Nissan Motors, Kargi Grant, Haridwar By-pass road, Banjarawala, Dehradun, Uttarakhand - 248001. INDIA. Tele fax: + 91 - (135) 2627122 E-mail: admin@badarikedar.org; chairman@badarikedar.org; pramod@badarikedar.org Web Site: www.badarikedar.org

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