We have heard the name Badrinath, the town has thousands of visitors every single day. This picturesque town is the place where divinity meets nature. The town is located in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand and situated at a height of 3,133 meters, and dedicated to Lord Vishnu which is one of the holiest shrines of the Char Dham pilgrimage in India. and the other Char Dham sites include Dwarka, Puri, and Rameswaram. Furthermore, the town is situated between Nar and Narayan peaks, the holy land of Vishnu also belongs to the Chota Char Dham Yatra in Uttarakhand.
Badrinath town is well famous and popular among tourists and pilgrims. As it is a land of gods, there are beautiful stunning snow-capped mountain peaks, a flowing Alaknanda River, and incredible landscapes that make the perfect background to facilitate a spiritual connection.
When you enter the Badrinath temple, The main entrance gate of Badrinath temple is colorful popularly known as Singhdwar. The temple is approximately 50 feet tall with having a small cupola on top, that is covered with a gold gilt roof. The temple can be divided into two parts, the Garbha Griha, or called the sanctum sanctorum, then the Darshan Mandap where the other poojas and rituals are organized, and the Sabha Mandap where all the devotees assemble.
Behind this temple, there is a history, according to the legends the temple was originally built by Adi Shankaracharya and then renovated many times after its construction. You know, Badrinath is one of the Panch or five Badri if you have heard and the other four Badri’s are Bhavishya Badri, Yogadhyan Badri, Bridha Badri, or the Old Badri, and Adi Badri. However, the Badrinath area is also known as the Badari or the Badarikaashram.
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Another legend says, one legend has it when goddess Ganga was requested to descend to earth to help the suffering humanity, the earth was unable to bear the force of her descent. And, the goddess Ganga was split into the twelve holy rivers, and Alaknanda is being one of them. The mountains that are surrounding the Badrinath mentioned in the Mahabharata, where the Pandavas are believed to have ended their life by ascending the slopes of a peak in western Garhwal called Swarga Rohini, the Ascent to Heaven. The legend has it that the Pandavas passed through the Badrinath and the town of Mana, which is 4 km north of Badrinath on their way to reach Swarg, or heaven to claim peaceful death. There is also a cave in Mana where the great Ved Vyasa has written the epic Mahabharata.
So, what is the best time to visit the temple? Well, Badrinath temple is closed now, and now is planning to open in the month of April. The temple is closed every year from November to April months. So, the best time to visit Badrinath is in the month of September and October. May and June seasons are also ok to visit Badrinath but because of a massive crowd of pilgrims, so long queues outside the temple. During monsoons, there is much possibility of landslides and roadblocks because of mountainous roads and heavy rainfall so the month of October or November is the best and feasible time to visit the temple.