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Badrinath


Out of the four main dhams, Badrinath is considered to be the most sacred.The Hindu scriptures say that the life of a Hindu would be incomplete without making a visit to Badrinath. It is the supreme place of pilgrimage especially for the Vaishnavites (worshippers of Vishnu and his avataras). According to the Padma Purana, the rishis found Uttrakhand to be indeed a glorious temple built by Nature for the worship of the Supreme.

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. The Badrinath area is known as Badari or Badarikaashram in Hindu scriptures. It is a place sacred to Vishnu, particularly in Vishnu's dual form of Nara-Narayana. Thus, in the Mahabharata, Krishna, addressing Arjuna, says, "Thou wast Nara in a former body, and, with Narayana for thy companion, didst perform dreadful austerity at Badari for many myriads of years." One legend has it that when goddess Ganga was requested to descend to earth to help the suffering humanity, the earth was unable to withstand the force of her descent. Therefore the mighty Ganga (Ganges) was split into twelve holy channels, with Alaknanda being one of them.

Vasudhara Falls

Vasudhara Falls is a natural waterfall situated near Badrinath, the temple dedicated to Vishnu in Uttarakhand, India. It is a 5 km trek from Mana village (3 km from Badrinath). Mana is accessible by road from Badrinath. The trek starts from Mana village, along a stoned path. The first 2–3 kilometres are comparatively easy to walk but after that the road is quite steep. There are no villages or shops along the route. Closely associated with the legendary Pandavas, Vasundhara Falls in the Mana village is merely four kilometers away from the main town. Encircled by lofty mountain peaks, the falls unfurls a haunting site that lasts for a lifetime.

Gushing waters of this cascade falls down with a roaring sound from an elevation of 400 feet. Apart from the gorgeous scenario of a dancing water fall, Vasundhara Falls carries an amazing legend with it. People believe that the water falls turns away from those visitors who are not pure and clean at heart. Though a difficult destination to reach, the falls allures the visitors with its exciting charm and cool ambiance.

Satopanth :

The Satopant Lake has significant holy and ancient importance as it is said that on the holy day of Ekadashi, Lord Vishnu took bath in this lake and is the only place where all Hindu Gods assemble to embark their divine presence. The Satopant Lake trek is all about visiting this crystal clear green water which is in a triangular shape with a perimeter of one kilometer. Interestingly, the three corners of the lake believed to be the sacred part of the holy trinity, namely, Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh (Lord Shiva) who meditated at three of the respective corners and so the lake has the greatest spiritual importance. Bathing in this on the 11 days of the solar and lunar fortnights is considered most auspicious. Many devout pilgrims visit this lake on this every day.

Pandukeshwar :

This place is believed to have been established by King Pandu, father of Pandavas. It is situated at 4 kms from Govind Ghat, 219 kms from Kedarnath and 24 kms from Badarinath. There are two temples – one for Lord Yoga Badari Narayan and the other for Lord Vasudev. During winter, Lord Vasudev temple functions as the abode for Lord Badari Narayan and all the daily rituals connected with worship are performed here. Both the temples are centuries old.

This place where Pandvas prayed to Vasudeva and where the Udhava idol,the emissary of Lord Badri is worshiped during winters.The holy procession for the opening of the temple starts from here and the idol of Udhava is carried along from here.

Joshimath :

In ancient scriptures Joshimath is described as Kartikeyapura as it has been named after Kartikeya, the God of Katyuri kings and the son of Lord Shiva. Among the important attractions of Joshimath includes a temple dedicated to Narashima, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Some other temples are dedicated to Hanuman, Gaurishankar, Ganesha, and Naudevi and Surya.

Joshimath is one of the four maths or monasteries established in the 8th century by Adi Guru Sri Shankaracharya. Joshimath is the also the home of the oldest tree of India, Kalpavriksha which stands at Joshimath from the time of Adi Shankaracharya which is like 1200 years old.

Auli :

Auli is the most popular skiing and paragliding spot of Uttarakhand situated at an elevation of 3050mts above sea level. Auli affords astounding and celestial views of the enchanting snow laden Himalayan range. Asia’s highest and longest cable car is situated in Auli connecting it with Joshimath. Auli will be hosting SAF winter games in 2010. Auli is also connected with motorable roads, situated 60kms from Badrinath.

Uttarakhand is blessed with an abundance of natural beauty and Auli is one of the most beautiful places in all of Uttarakhand. Auli is known for its enthralling ski resorts and natural surroundings. Encircled by snow-covered peaks of the great Himalayas, this hilly land boasts captivating scenes of oak-fringed slopes and intriguing dense coniferous forests.

Valley of Flowers :

Valley of Flowers National Park is nestled in the west Himalayas covering an area of 87.50sqkms. The trek of 16km to Valley of Flowers commences from Govindghat. The valley is entirely covered with blooming flowers from June to October and with the sheets of snow during winters. The valley of flowers was declared as the national park in the year 1982 and it is now a world heritage site. The virgin beauty of this valley lures the botanists, nature lovers and adventure lovers as well.
Hemkund Sahib :

The tenth Guru of the Sikhs, Guru Govind Singhji mediated at Hemkund Sahib for years. The word Hemkund literally suggests 'Lake of snow' and the immaculate water of this lake is as cold as snow. Hemkund Saheb is located at an elevation of 4,329mts above sea level amidst several snow capped peaks, which are collectively called Hemkund Parvat. A star shaped gurudwara near the lake is visited by thousands of devotees every month. A temple dedicated to Lakshman, brother of Lord Rama is also located here. One must complete a trek of 19km starting from from Govindghat via Ghangaria to reach Hemkund Sahib.


Adi Badari :

The main Temple is of the lord Narayan that is distinguished by a raised platform in the pyramidal form. Here a black stone idol of lord Vishnu is enshrined. Local tradition attributes the building of the temples to Adi Guru Shankaracharya. It is situated at a distance of 17 Kms from Karnaprayag and is easily approachable by motorable road.

Neelkanth :

Neelkanth, which is also known as the 'Garhwal Queen', is named after Lord Shiva. It is a snowy peak in the shape of a pyramid that forms the background of the Badrinath. The peak is situated at an average elevation of around 6,597 m above sea level. Neelkanth is the site where the sun casts its first ray. Tourists can also come across various Brahmakal at the foot of the Neelkanth Peak. Moreover, travellers can also cover 6 km of trekking route on this peak.

Bheem Pul :

Bheem Pul is situated opposite to the Vyas Gufa in Mana Village. It is a huge rock which acts as a natural bridge across the Saraswati River. The Saraswati River flows with force in between the two mountains and joins the Alaknanda River. It is believed that Bheem, one of the five Pandavas, threw a huge rock in order to make a path to join the two mountains so that Draupadi could easily walk over it.

Surya Kund :

Surya Kund is situated beside Tapt Kund. A holy dip is taken in the hot water springs of this kund. Narada Kund which is situated close to the Surya Kund is also visited, as it is the place where the idol of Vishnu was discovered.

Charanpaduka :

Charanpaduka is a popular rock as it has the foot prints of Lord Vishnu. It is believe that the darshan of these footprints will retrieve them from aliments and other problems. In the Bhagwat Purana, it is said that Lord Krishna suggested his minister Uddhav to visit Badrinath with his Charanpaduka. There are various caves and boulders on the path which lead to Charanpaduka. Charanpaduka is situated at a height of 3,380 ft and is located 3 km from the Badrinath Temple.


Mata Murti Temple :

Mata Murti Temple is situated at a distance of 3 km from Badrinath on the banks of River Alaknanda. This temple is dedicated to Mata Murti, the mother of two sons Narayana and Nara. There is a popular belief that the goddess has power of granting Vairagya to those who meditate sincerely in her presence. The temple is visited for worshipping Mata Murti on Ashtami, Shukla Tritiya and Chaturdashi. Moreover, during the time of Mata Murti Ka Mela, the mother of Shri Badrinath is worshipped.


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