Badrinath or Badrinarayan Temple is a
situated in the town of Badrinath in Uttarakhand, India. The temple and town form one of the
four Char Dham and Chota Char Dham pilgrimage sites. The temple is also one of the
108 Divya Desams dedicated to Vishnu, who is worshipped as Badrinath—holy shrines for
Vaishnavites. It is open for six months every year (between the end of April and the
beginning of November), because of extreme weather conditions in the Himalayanregion.
The temple is located in Garhwal hill tracks in Chamoli district along the banks
of Alaknanda River at an elevation of 3,133 m (10,279 ft) above the mean sea level. It is one
of the most visited pilgrimage centres of India, having recorded 1,060,000 visits
Mana Gaon, the last village on the Indian border with Tibet, where the Pandava
brothers from the Mahabharata are believed to have passed through before their
final ascent to Heaven. Mana is the sweetest little Himalayan village.
Such is the last Indian village dotting the border with Tibet.
The villagers of this village are culturally associated with activities of Badrinath temple and
annual fair of Matha murthi. They used to trade with Tibet in earlier days. There is a small
cave in Mana, named Vyas Guha and it is believed that Maharshi Vyas composed
Mahabharatha in this cave. One more cave is called Ganesh Guha and tourists visit both
Charanpaduka is a beautiful rock, which holds the foot prints of Lord Vishnu. It is 3km
away from Badrinath temple. The famed rock grabs the attention of the tourists all
around the world. An elevated site at a height of 3380 feet, this place beholds enchanting
beauty and serenity. Though the uphill path is quite a risky and arduous one, the scenic
ambiance and the holy darshan of the Lord footprints would retrieve all the ailments and
troubles from the devotees.
The popular belief is that Lord Vishnu set his foot on earth through this point. Bhagwat
Purana says that Lord Sri Krishna advised his minister Uddhav to proceed to Badrinath
with his Charan Paduka and assured him that the mere glance of Alakhnanda would
cleanse off his all wrongdoings. While making a visit to this place, you can see those
finger prints on the stones of the rock. This Chranpaduka is situated around 1.5 km away
from Banganga. The rock holds a medical unit of shrine board. This medical unit is well
equipped and it holds all basic medical amenities. A practiced and professional medical
staff is also there to take care in case of troubles.
Nilkantha the Garhwal division of the Himalayas, in the Uttarakhand region of the Indian state
of Uttarakhand. Although substantially lower than the highest peaks of the region, it towers
dramatically over the valley of the Alaknanda River and rises 3,474 metres
the Hindu pilgrimage site ofBadrinath, only 9 km to the east. People described the peak as
"second only to Siniolchu in Himalayan beauty.
The Satopanth Glacier lies on the northwest side of Nilkantha, below a 2,500 m (8,200 ft)
face of the peak. The Panpatia Glacierlies to the southwest, and feeds the Khirao Ganga, a
stream running under the south side of the peak. Further away, to the west of the peak, lies
the well-known Gangotri Glacier and its associated peaks. Across the Alaknanda valley lie
the Kamet and Nanda Devi Groups.
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We stayed in this place for a night and were made very comfortable by the owner Ms Uma.It is a neat and clean place and staff was very courteous.
Our car was stuck in their parking area due to some other cars,so the owner gave us their car at 4:30am so that we would be in time for the darshan
I stayed at this hotel for about 2 weeks in June. Room is bit expensive but it is worth it since there are things as room heater and geyser -- very useful when the climate is rainy or cold outside.. I know of some other hotels in Badrinath that don't have these facilities. Otherwise services such as restaurant, room service,...