Destination: Badrinath, Uttar Pradesh
The sacred site of Badrinath
Temple is located at the lap of Nar-Narayan Parvat with
the splendour of the Neelkanth peak in the backdrop.
This holy dham of the Char Dham fame has an aura about
itself, the light to dispel the darkness of ignorance
and materialistic afflictions. Every spiritual seeker
must visit this sublime shrine dedicated to Lord Vishnu.
This sacred place was the spot of penance of Jagadguru
It is he who founded the
Badrinath temple in the ninth century. The awe-inspiring
temple is situated on the right bank of the Alaknanda
River. The religious sanctity of this place is unparalleled.
It is known to be one of the eight self-manifested pilgrim
places in India—the Svayam Vyakta Kshetras.
Legend has it that the
Supreme Personality of Godhead, the immortal Lord Govinda,
is undergoing continuous penance at Badrinath since
time immemorial. Again, in the Gita, Lord Krishna asks
his choicest disciple Uddhava to go to Badrikashram
and perform penance. The statue of Lord Badrinath is
self-manifested from a two-foot-high black Shalagram-shila.
He is also called Badri Vishal or Badarinarayana.
WHEN TO VISIT
Normal: May to October
Special Event: Badri-Kedar Festival
After alighting at the Jolly Grant Airport at Dehradun,
one has to go to Haridwar or Rishikesh by taxis or buses.
Both the places are connected to Badrinath by regular
buses. The buses leave early in the morning and reach
Badrinath the next day in evening. Buses do not run
at night, as the mountain roads are quite dangerous.
And after 4.30 pm, no buses are allowed to go past Joshimath.
So, the norm is that the pilgrims have to stop over
at Joshimath for the night.
On arriving at the holy site, one has to purchase a
ticket for the darshan, which starts early in the morning.
One has to wait in a queue to enter the temple and the
waiting time can extend up to one hour.
Before going inside the temple, pilgrims usually take
a bath in the hot spring, Taptakunda, located in the
vicinity of the temple. They also go for the darshan
of Garudaazhvaar nearby and only then move towards the
In the Badrinath Temple, the morning puja is held in
an elaborate manner with the chanting of hymns and the
chiming of bells. The most important pujas in the morning
are the Mahabhishek, Abhishek, the ritualistic Gitapath,
and the Bhagwat Path. The evening pujas comprise of
the Geet Govind and Arti.
The pilgrims may also have a darshan of the Lord at
the brahmamuharta, which commences at 4.00 am. Special
tickets are available for the pre-dawn thirumanjanam.
The tickets have to be purchased the day before. Devotees
proceed according to their turn as indicated in the
tickets. Inside, the devotees are made to sit right
in front of the Lord, as the ritualistic Thirumanjanam,
Alangaram, Sathuppadi, and Neyvedyam take place.
Joshimath (42 km from Badrinath) is a fascinating place
of natural beauty and religious significance, located
just above the confluence of Alaknanda and Dhauliganga.
The Jyotirmath established by Adi Shankaracharya is
the key attraction here. The enthralling Valley of Flowers,
with its treasury of beautiful flowers, is not to be
missed. Gobindghat is the place where the trekking for
Badrinath begins. From here, one can also go to the
Valley of Flowers National Park and Hemkund Sahib. Chamoli
is a famous mountain retreat, located 10 km form Gopeshwar
on Badrinath Highway.
There are several lodging
options in Badrinath—the Temple Committee Guesthouse,
Tourist Rest House, and dharamshalas, to name a few.
Hotel Devlok, Jhunjhunwala Cottage, Modi Bhavan, Mittal
Cottage, Chand Cottage, Badrish Sadan, Pilo Dharamshala,
Kali Kamli Dharamshala, PWD Inspection House, Jal Nigam
Rest House, Forest Rest House and DGBR Rest House are
some other places where tourists can stay for the night.
There are several lodging options in Badrinath—the Temple
Committee Guesthouse, Tourist Rest House, and dharamshalas,
to name a few. Hotel Devlok, Jhunjhunwala Cottage, Modi
Bhavan, Mittal Cottage, Chand Cottage, Badrish Sadan,
Pilo Dharamshala, Kali Kamli Dharamshala, PWD Inspection
House, Jal Nigam Rest House, Forest Rest House and DGBR
Rest House are some other places where tourists can
stay for the night.
The Badri-Kedar Festival is held at the sacred shrines
of Badrinath and Kedarnath and is a tribute to the cultural
diversity of India. It is an eight-day-long cultural
festival held in the month of June. The aim is to organize
a function where the country's foremost artistes can
come forth to exhibit their excellence.
HOW TO REACH
The airport nearest to Badrinath is at Jolly Grant (Dehradun),
which is about 343 km from Badrinath. One can also visit
the place by helicopters and small private aircraft.
Rishikesh (297 km) and Kotdwar (327 km) are the nearest
Badrinath is linked by road to Rishikesh (297 km), Joshimath
(42 km), Haridwar (321 km) and Dehradun (343 km). One
can also trek from Kedarnath (80 km), which takes eight