Badrinath Dham is dedicated to Lord Vishnu
Badrinath is the first point of char Dham yatra, In addition to this, it is also considered to be among the four most holy places in India - the other three being Rameshwaram in the south, Dwarka in the west and Puri in the east. After Joshimath route is raw but amazingly filled with beautiful scenery, springs and glaciers its one of the beautiful terrain of the region At Badrinath different spiritual aura is felt from inside with chanting of hymns of "Jai Badi vishal" the body get spirited.On reaching vicinity of the temple, it feels like you reached an auspicious high altitude fair.The tourist from all over India makes it national integration point. Having a bath in hot spring makes felt like the natural spa.
Badrinath Temple is guarded by Nar-Narayan range the towering Neelkanth peak.The other hot water kund are "Narad Kund" & "Surya Kund" in which pilgrimage take holy bath. At the back side of Badrinath valley opens to Nilkanth Peak, which embodies all the divinity of this divine land. In the morning when the sun's rays, fall on the peak it seems like the gold peak.The Pujari of Badrinath is known as Rawal who is Namboodrintah Brahmin of Kerala. Inside the temple the Idol of Lord Vishnu (Badrinath) made of black stone (shaligram) and seated in a Padmasana posture.Devotees can see the idol of Lord Badrinath as Brahma,Vishnu, Mahesh, Vishnu, Hanuman and Kali.
The temple is divided into three parts. The Garbgriha in which idol of lord Badrinath is seated in the inner part of this place and canopy covered with the gold sheet.The second part is known as Darshan Mandap in which pujas ceremonies are performed.Last of all is sabha mandap which is the outer hall, where devotees wait for darshan of lord Badrinath.
Mythology: According to mythology Lord Vishnu did repentance in this place, devi Luxmi saw him and formed the shape of Berry Tree to protect Lord Vishnu from extreme weather. So it is named as Badrinarayan.One more belief is that this place was surrounded by wild berries or "Badri" and so it was named "Badrivan".
Facts and Figures
Place: Chamoli(42km from Joshimath) Bank of river Alaknanda
Devoted: Lord Vishnu
Altitude : 3,133 mt
Formed: 8th Century AD
Opening date: May to October
Acessible- 297km from Rishikesh (Rishikesh - Srinagar - Rudraprayag - Chamoli - Joshimath - Badrinath) 92