Badrinath Dham is one of the four sacred shrines or one of the famous Char Dham Yatra in Uttarakhand which comprises of a religious tour to the famous Char Dhams Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri. Badrinath is situated at an elevation of 3,133 metres above the sea level in the Chamoli District of Uttarakhand. Badrinath is the only place which is a part of the Chota Char Dham which includes the four major pilgrimage spots of Uttarakhand and Char Dham Yatra which includes Dwarka, Puri and Rameshwaram and includes the four major pilgrimage spots in India. Badrinath is located between Nar and Narayan mountains.
Badrinath Dham is famous for the Badrinath Shrine. Mana Village is another major attraction of Badrinath which is the last village before the border of India and China. There are some of the famous trekking trials in the Badrinath Dham to places like Vasudhara Falls and Satopanth Lake and the famous Swargarohini trek. Badrinath is also famous for thermal springs and the Alaknanda river which originates from Badrinath Dham.
Badrinath is a very sacred place for Hindus and the Temple of Badrinath is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Badrinath Dham is easily accessible by motorable roads and is one of the most visited temples in India. The Neelkanth Peak stands strong spreading its mighty aura for all pilgrims and travellers. Badrinath is also the part of Panch Badri Temples including Yogadhyan temple, Bhavishya Badri, Adi Badri and Vriddha Badri, along with the Badrinath Temple. Badrinath Dham is a major attraction not only for devotees but also for Trekkers and Nature Enthusiasts.
The temple opens in the month of May and closes in the month October or November and is closed in winters due to heavy rainfall. The deity is taken to Joshimath for worship during the winters. There are a lot of attractions like caves, natural bridge, waterfall, lake, river, thermal springs, temples and snow capped peaks in the Badrinath Dham. The amalgamation of natural attractions with religious places makes the Dham more popular among the devotees and travellers.
There is a village called Mana Village located in Badrinath Dham which is the last village in India before the border of India and China. The village is a major attraction in Badrinath Dham as there are many spots located which are major attractions in the Dham apart from the Badrinath Temple. Some of the attractions are Bheem Pul, Vyas and Ganesh Gufa, Mata Murti Mandir, Saraswati River, Alaknanda River and many others. Mana Village is also the starting point of trek to Vasudhara Falls and Satopanth Lake or the Swargarohini Trek. Badrinath is a perfect destination for pilgrims as well as travellers and trekkers.
Badrinath is a pilgrimage spot and hence rituals and worships are the major activities carried in Badrinath Dham. Trekking is a major activity carried in Badrinath as there are beautiful trekking trails in Badrinath. One can enjoy the calm and peace of the place and wash away one’s sins in the thermal water baths. There are a number of places for Nature Enthusiasts in the Badrinath Dham with the amazing natural setting and spell binding beauty.
As Badrinath is a religious place so there are a large number of restaurants all offering a variety of vegetarian options to the devotees. There is mainly North Indian food served in the restaurants and non vegetarian food is strictly restricted to be served at the Dham as it is a religious place.
As it is a religious spot, there are a large number of Hotels in Badrinath for the tourists to stay. Some of the famous Hotels are Auli Resort, Sarovar Portico Badrinath, Jarirdar Guest House, New Snow Crest, Hotel SS International and many others.
According to the Legend it is believed that at the time of Satya Yuga, lord shiva meditated here for thousands of years when Goddess Lakshmi provided shadow over her husband in the form of Badri tree. So the place came to be known as Badrinath. Actually, the whole valley encompassing Badri-Kedar was the home of Lord Shiva.
There are many festivals celebrated in Badrinath. Some of them are:
Mata Murti Fair: This fair is organised every year and the festival commemorates the Descent of river Ganga to the Earth. On this day the mother of Badrinath which is Mata Murti is worshipped.
Badri Kedar Temple: When the temple opens on Vasant Panchami, there is a grand ceremony of Akhand Jyoti as the idol is brought from Joshimath to Badrinath. When the temple closes on Dussehra day, a lamp is lit, puja is performed at the temple.
Some other festivals celebrated in Badrinath are Mahashivratri and Krishna Janmashthami.