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Badrinath Temple the last halt of Char Dham Yatra

Badrinath Temple the last halt of Char Dham Yatra

About Badrinath Temple

Badrinath Temple is located in the lap of north Himalaya. It is the most revered pilgrimage site for all Hindu castes, which is located in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. According to Hindu scriptures, all pilgrimages are incomplete without Badrinath pilgrimage. This temple is situated between the Nar and Narayan Mountains and is the last halt of Chota Char Dham Yatra.

Badrinath temple is also known as Badrinarayan Mandir. This temple is located at an altitude of 3150 meters on the banks of the Alaknanda river. This temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Badrinath Temple is one of the Panch Badri Dham located in Uttarakhand. Badri Vishal Temple is part of both Char Dham India and Chota Char Dham Uttarakhand.

Badrinath and other three Dhams of Uttarakhand are the major sources of income of Uttarakhand state. Therefore, the Uttarakhand government is ready for the 2018 Char Dham Yatra. 

Badrinath Temple opening date 2018

The decision of Badrinath temple opening date is taken by the temple’s chief Pandit, on the auspicious occasion of Basant Panchami. Usually, the kapat of the temple are opened in the month of April. The kapat of Badrinath Dham is open for 6 months only. 

Closing date of Badrinath Temple

The decision of Badrinath temple closing date is taken by the Temple Committee on the day of Vijayadashami. It is said in the Puranas that in Badrinath Dham is worshiped 6 months by humans and 6 months by the Devtas. That is why the Char Dham gateway remains closed for 6 months.

Badrinath Temple history

According to mythology, when the Ganga descended on earth, it was divided into 12 streams. In these 12 streams, one is known as Alaknanda. It is believed that this temple was constructed in the 8th century by the Adi Guru Shankaracharya. 

After this, the temple was expanded by the kings of Garhwal. After this terrible earthquake in 1803, the temple was affected, after which the king of Jaipur had rebuilt this temple.

Story of Badrinath

The place where the Badrinath temple is located today was first known as Shiva Bhoomi. According to an old story, a mountain name Nilkanth is located near Badrinath Dham. In this mountain, Lord Vishnu came in the form of a child. Lord Vishnu was searching for a suitable place to meditate and he found this place situated on the banks of the Alaknanda river.

He came to this place as a child and started crying loudly at this place. Seeing this, Mother Parvati and Lord Shiva appeared near that child. Mata Parvati asked him Why are you crying? what do you want?. Then the child demanded that place for meditation. In this way, Lord Vishnu got that place from Shiva and Parvati for his meditation. Today this holy place is also known as Badri Vishal.

The reason behind the name Badrinath

When Lord Vishnu was absorbed in austerity on the banks of the Alaknanda river, so heavy snowfall started. Lord Vishnu was completely shaken by snow. Seeing his condition, the heart of Mata Lakshmi’s heart melted and she stood near Lord Vishnu and took the form of a berry (Badri) tree and began to suffer all the snow on its own.

After many years when the ascension of Lord Vishnu was completed. They saw that Lakshmi was covered with ice near him. Seeing the tenacity of Mata Lakshmi, he said, “O Goddess, you have done the same penance as I have. So from today onwards, you will also be worshiped along with me and you have made my defense as a tree of Badri, hence from today, I will be known as Badrinath.

Thus Lord Vishnu’s name changed to Badrinath. The place where Lord Vishnu had meditated was known today as the Tapt Kund. The water of this Kund remains warm in all seasons.

Best time to visit Badrinath Temple

A couple of years ago it is not easy to do Badrinath yatra due to bad road condition. As we know the kapat of the temple are open for 6 months, on which 2,3 months is of monsoon.In the rainy season, many travelers used to be trapped due to landslides. But now this is not the situation.

With the efforts of Uttarakhand government, there has been a lot of improvement in the condition of roads of Char Dham Yatra. But still, April-May and September-Oct months are considered ideal for Badrinath Yatra.

Badrinath yatra by helicopter

The Badrinath helicopter service is operated by Sahastradhara helipad, Dehradun. It is a one-day service. In the morning, you will be taken by helicopter to Badrinath. After visiting the temple you will be brought back to Dehradun by evening.

Traveling by helicopter will be appropriate if you have a shortage of time. Otherwise, Badrinath Dham is well connected by road. By traveling by road, you can also see the ancient places around Dham.

Badrinath helicopter service price

Badrinath Dham helicopter charges are too expensive. One person pays up to 70000-80000. If 4 members of a family go on yatra then this rent ranges from 200,000-250000. In a helicopter, only 4-5 passengers can travel.  Some agency also includes taxi service in the same package.

How to Reach Badrinath Temple

How to Reach Badrinath Temple by air

Badrinath Mandir is not connected with the airway. However, the travelers can take the helicopter service from Sahastradhara, Dehradun. The nearest airport from Badrinath is Jollygrant airport, Dehradun which is 309 km away.

After reaching the airport, the travelers can reach the temple by booking a taxi for Badrinath. The travelers can also travel by bus which is available from Dehradun, Rishikesh, and Haridwar.

How to reach Badrinath Temple by train

The nearest railway station from Badrinath is Rishikesh railway station which is 290 km away. During the Char Dham Yatra season buses are easily available from Rishikesh. The traveler can also hire a taxi from Rishikesh to Badrinath. Online taxi booking facilities are also available these days.

How to Reach Badrinath temple by Road

In Char Dham, only Badrinath Dham is connected to the road. Travelers do not have to walk on the pedestal in Badrinath Dham, the temple is few hundred meters away from the road which is not a big deal.

Direct Uttarakhand roadways buses are available from Delhi Kashmiri gate and Dehradun ISBT to Gopeshwar, Chamoli. After Reaching Gopeshwar travelers can go Badrinath Mandir by taxi. 

Badrinath distance chart

Delhi to Badrinath by road

Delhi to Haridwar to Rishikesh (232 km) – Rishikesh to Devprayag to Srinagar (113 km) Srinagar to Rudraprayag (33 km) – Rudraprayag to Gauchar to Karnprayag (33 km) – Karnprayag to Nandprayag to Gopeshwar (42 km) – Gopeshwar to Joshimath (60 km) – Joshimath to Govind Ghat to Badrinath (44 km). Delhi to Badrinath total distance is 526 km.

Dehradun to Badrinath by road

Dehradun to Rishikesh (40 km) – Rishikesh to Devprayag to Srinagar (113 km) Srinagar to Rudraprayag (33 km) – Rudraprayag to Gauchar to Karnprayag (33 km) – Karnprayag to Nandprayag to Gopeshwar (42 km) – Gopeshwar to Joshimath (60 km) – Joshimath to Govind Ghat to Badrinath (44 km). Delhi to Badrinath total distance is 526 km.

Rishikesh to Badrinath by road

Rishikesh to Devprayag to Srinagar (113 km) Srinagar to Rudraprayag (33 km) – Rudraprayag to Gauchar to Karnprayag (33 km) – Karnprayag to Nandprayag to Gopeshwar (42 km) – Gopeshwar to Joshimath (60 km) – Joshimath to Govind Ghat to Badrinath (44 km). Delhi to Badrinath total distance is 526 km.

Haridwar to Badrinath by road

Haridwar to Rishikesh (20 km) – Rishikesh to Devprayag to Srinagar (113 km) Srinagar to Rudraprayag (33 km) – Rudraprayag to Gauchar to Karnprayag (33 km) – Karnprayag to Nandprayag to Gopeshwar (42 km) – Gopeshwar to Joshimath (60 km) – Joshimath to Govind Ghat to Badrinath (44 km). Delhi to Badrinath total distance is 526 km.

Place to visit near Badrinath Dham

Vasudhara Fall: Vasudhara waterfall is located at a distance of 9 km from Badrinath Temple.

Bheem Pull: It is located near Mana Village 3 km away from Badrinath Temple.

Ganesha Cave and Vyas cave: This ancient cave is situated at some distance from each other. These are located 4 km from Badrinath Mandir.

Charan Paduka: It is located at a distance of 3 km from Badrinath. It is believed that these are the footprint of Lord Vishnu.

Satopanth Lake: This lake is situated 18 km away from Mana village. It is believed that Brahma, Vishnu, and Mahesh used to bath in this lake.

Mana Village: Mana village is located 3 km away from Badrinath temple. This is the last Indian village situated in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand.

Mata Murti Temple: It is situated at a distance of 3 km from Badrinath Temple on the banks of the Alaknanda river. This temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu’s mother.

Narad Kund: Located a few hundred meters away from temple This is the Kund from where Sankaracharya had put the statue of Lord Vishnu and installed it in the temple.

Braham Kapal: It is located at a distance of 500 meters from the Badrinath temple on the banks of the Alaknanda river.

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