The abode of Lord Vishnu, Badrinath, is
situated in the Himalayas (Uttarakhand) at the height of approximately 3,124
meters above sea level. It is on the left bank of the river, Alaknanda.
Meandering rivers and the mountain range add to the beauty of this Holy
Land. At one time the spot was covered with wild berries ("badris")
and was famous as the "Badri Van" (the garden of wild berries)..
Built by the Garwal kings, the Badrinath shrine dates back to more than two
The temple has a black stone idol that depicts Lord
Vishnu - the preserver - in a meditative stance with both hands on his lap.
Fed by the Badrinath glaciers and the holy Ganges, the sacred river
Alaknanda flows by the temple. There is a hot water spring (Tapt Kund) near
the temple. Rich in sulphur, a dip in Tapt Kund is considered holy and
refreshing for body and soul and is said cure numerous ailments.TOURIST
The temple has been renovated several times due to
earlier damages by avalanches and looks modem now with a colourful "Singh
Dwara" or the main entrance gate. The temple has three parts - Garbha
Griha (the sanctum sanctorum), Darshan Mandap (for pujas) and Shobha Mandap
(for devotees to assemble).
It is believed that the image of Badrinath
had been thrown into the Alaknanda river during the time of the Buddhist era
and later retrieved and reinstalled by Shankaracharya during the following
There are 15 idols in the temple complex. Finely
sculpted in black stone, the Badrinath (Vishnu) image is a metre high. Other
images include those of Laxmi (Vishnu's consort), Garurh (Vishnu's mount),
Shiva, Parvati, Ganesh etc. Panch Dharas
Prahalad Dhara (b) Kurma Dhara (c) Urbasi Dhara (d) Bhrigu Dhara (e) Indra
Dhara. Panch Shilas
(a) Narad Shila (b) Varaha Shila
(c) Garurh Shila (d) Markandeya Shila (e) Narsingh Shila.
Natural thermal springs on the bank of the river
Alaknanda, where it is customary to bathe before entering the Badrinath
temple. Narad Kund
A recess in the river, near Tapt
Kund, forming a pool from where the Badrinath idol was recovered.
A flat platform on the bank of river Alaknanda. Hindus
perform propitiating rites for their deceased ancestors.