Badrinath Dham Yatra 2023
Located between the two mountains Nar and Narayan, Badrinath Dham is a majestic sight as well as the the most important of all the Char Dhams. Lakhs of tourist come every year to this Badrinath town to seek blessings and to get a glimpse of the famous temple of Shri Badrinathji.
Badrinath is the only Shrine which is part of both Chota Char Dham and India Char Dham. Badrinath is one among four pilgrimage centres in four corners of India. Among them were Badrikashram (Badrinath Temple) in the North, Rameshwaram in South, Dwarkapuri in west and Jagannathpuri in east.
Bhagvat Puran Describes: There in Badrikashram the Supreme being (Vishnu), in his incarnation as the sages Nar & Narayan, had been undergoing great penance since time immemorial for the welfare of all living entities.
About Badrinath Temple
Badrinath Temple, also known as Badrinarayan Temple, is a well-known Char Dham Temple. It is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is located in Badrinath town. Along with the Badrinath temple, the Town of Badrinath has the Panch Badri temples including Yog Dhyan Badri, Bhavishya Badri, Adi Badri, and Vriddha Badri.The temple has North Indian style architecture with stone walls and carvings, as well as a colourful and powerful entrance gate.
Shree Badrinath Temple is divided into three sections
- The GarbhaGriha or sanctum sanctorum,
- The Darshan Mandap where rituals are performed, and
- The Sabha Mandap where devotees gather to pray.
The Garbha Griha portion of the Badrinath shrine has its canopy covered with a sheet of gold. The complex has 15 idols especially attractive is the one-metre-high image of lord Badrinarayan, finely sculpted in black stone. It represents Lord Vishnu seated in meditative pose called padmasan. The Darshan Mandap is a place in the Temple complex where devotees and pilgrims gather to pray for good fortune. Every puja must be preceded by a holy dip in the Tapta Kund. Unlike most Hindu temples, they are performed in the presence of the devotees.
Badrinath Temple History
The Badrinath tirtha derives its name from the native word Badri, which refers to a variety of wild berry. Badrinath god temple history has its own uniqueness and Legendaryness. There are a lot of tales about Badrinath temple. It is stated that when Lord Vishnu sat in penance in these mountains, His spouse Goddess Laxmi took the appearance of a berry tree and shielded Him from the fierce sun. It is not only the Lord’s dwelling place, but also the abode of countless pilgrims, saints, and sages who come to meditate in search of enlightenment.
According to SkandPuran the idol of Lord Badrinath was recovered by Adiguru Shankaracharya from NaradKund and was re-enshrined in the 8th century A.D. in this temple. Skanda Purana describes more about the place and says: “There are several sacred shrines in heaven, on earth, and in hell; but there is no shrine like Badrinath.”
In the history of Badrinath, the sages Nara and Narayana, the ‘fifth avatar of Lord Vishnu’, practised penance in the temple, according to the Vamana Purana. The religious narratives from several ancient Hindu scriptures abound in Badrinath. According to mythic, Badrinath is often called as Badri Vishal, and was a place of pilgrimage for Hindus.
Badrinath Opening & Closing Dates
Every year, the Badrinath Temple opening dates are determined in the month of April-May & closes for winters in the third week of November. As a result, the temple is closed for 6 months every year, during which time prayers to Badri Vishal are held in the Narsimha temple in Joshimath. This year Badrinath Temple has been closed for winter and will reopen on May 8 at 6.15 a.m.
Generally, the priests announce the dates for the opening of Badrinath Temple on Basant Panchami.Badrinath remains open for pilgrims from April-May till October-November and remain closed for winter months. Lord Badri Vishal worship continues to takes place at Winter Abode of Lord Badrinath, Narsimha Temple in Joshimath.
Before the closing date of Badrinath temple doors, the priests light a lamp in front of the idol in the sanctum. It is stated that throughout the winter months, Narad Muni, who obtained salvation here, continues with the prayer rituals. This notion is reinforced by the fact that when the temple is reopened after six months in spring, the lamp is still seen to be flickering!
Weather in Badrinath is quite pleasant and cheerful all year. But the best time to visit Badrinath is between May and November. Visitors may have trouble visiting the temple during the monsoon season (late June to August) because to severe rain. March to June is very pleasant with moderate climate, with average around 18°C. Summers is ideal for all sightseeing and pilgrimage.July to mid-September is accompanied with scanty rains and also temperature drops down to 15°C. The region is prone to occasional landslides and travelling can be difficult.
November to April are chilly days with average minimum touching near 5°C. Minimum can touch sub-zero levels and snow falling seen very often during winters. Because of the Badrinath weather in winters, temple is closed during this time for 6 months.
The best season to visit Badrinath is undoubtedly during the summer months of May to June, followed by September and October. Summers are mild and attracts a large number of visitors.
Online Puja Booking in Badrinath
Devotees can now book online pooja in advance for Badrinath Puja / Bhog/ Paath/ Aarti at a fair price. All pujas in Badrinath are done with immense mantrocharans and in a holy way by devoted priests.
It is a fairly simple procedure to book online puja in Badrinath temple. First, register at the Badri-Kedar website, log in to the website, then choose Puja/Bhog/Paath /Aarti. Enter your information correctly and make an online payment. Pujas of various kinds are performed in Badrinath.
There are separate rates for online Puja and advance Puja slots at the temple. You can select and book it accordingly. While sitting at your home, you can easily book the Puja slots with these simple steps.
Badrinath Dham Location
Badrinath is a Hindu holy town and a Nagar panchayat in Chamoli district in the state of Uttarakhand, India. Where is Badrinath located? It is located at an elevation of 11204 feet (3415 m), in the shadow of Nilkanth Peak. This town is well-served by all major forms of transportation, including air, rail, and road. The quickest way to go to Badrinath is by car or train.
There is no direct bus or train service to Badrinath. To get to Badrinath, you must first travel to Haridwar/Rishikesh. Once in Haridwar or Rishikesh, you may easily catch a direct bus or taxi to Badrinath.
The location of Badrinath is easily accessible by road as compared to airways and railways. It is located at a distance of 525 Km from Delhi & 296 Km from Rishikesh.
Now the question is how to reach Badrinath. There are regular buses operating to Badrinath from Delhi, Haridwar and Rishikesh.Well connected to Haridwar, Rishikesh, Dehradun, Dev Prayag, Rudra Prayag, Kotdwar, Joshi Math and other hill stations of Garhwal and Kumaon region.
Tourist Places Near Badrinath
There are many pilgrimage and tourist places to visit near Badrinath Temple, some of them are trekking and skiing destinations as well. In Badrinath, there is so much to discover. Here is the list of sites, which pilgrimages can visit during their Char Dham Yatra or Badrinath Tour.
Include all of the following locations in your itinerary to fully appreciate the magnificence of the Garhwal Himalayas. Pandukeshwar, Govindghat, BhimPul, Valley of Flowers, Hemkund Sahib and Lokpal Temple, Joshimath, Auli, Adi Badri etc.
Delhi to Badrinath Dham Yatra
The national route NH58 connects Delhi to Mana Pass in Uttarakhand, near the Indo-Tibet border, and from there to Badrinath. There is no direct route by Air and Railways between New Delhi and Badrinath. If you are travelling to Badrinath from Delhi, you will need to change modes of transportation either once or several times. However, if you have your own vehicle, you can drive directly to the venue.
The overall distance between Delhi and Badrinath is 528 kilometres. And the distance can be covered in almost 12 hours. The best and cheapest way to travel from Delhi is in the pilgrim season of summer months. At that time, buses carry pilgrims from New Delhi to Badrinath via Haridwar and Rishikesh.