Gangotri Temple– 2nd May 2014
Yamunotri Temple– 2nd May 2014
Kedarnath– 4th May 2014
Badrinath– 5th May 2014
Hemkund Sahib & Valley of Flowers– 25th May 2014
Kedarnath Yatra 2014
Yatra will start as usual from 1st Week of May 2014. Only for Kedarnath, now devotees have to trek 19 kms from Gaurkund to reach Kedarnath.
Brief History of Lord Badrinath ji
The correct time of proper establishment of this holiest shrine is not recorded and not established. However the only authentic source of any such information are the Purans.
Skanda Puran gives an account of Adiguru Shankracharya re-enshrined the idol of Lord Badrivishal.. Adiguru was climbing to a place called Ashthakhand for meditation. An akashvani said to him "O Shankar, the thing you want to attain through meditation can be attained by you, by re-enshrining the idol of Lord Vishnu. This idol is lying as sleep in Narada Kund. Avail of this opportunity and be blessed for having done so."
In pursuance of these divine orders Adiguru dived into the Narada kund and recovered the idol of Lord Vishnu which he duly re-enshrined and sri Badrinathji were established. Adiguru Shankracharya meditated at Jyotirmath where he attained the divine light jyoti. It is now widely believed and sequence of incidents lead to conclude that Jyotirmath alone is the Ashtakhand and divine light Jyoti attained is termed as Akashvani.
Sri Badrinath Dham is situated on the bank of river Alaknanda. Over the valley, two mounts named Nara and Narayana parvats stand on both sides of Alaknanda. Sri Badrinath temple is on the lap of Narayana Parvat with resplendent Neelkanth in the background. Alaknanda flows through the courtyard of Lord Badrinath shrine.
Historical evidences are not available as to the age of the shrine. Temple of Sri Badrinath ji was a popular shrine during the Vedic age. Lord is seated here in Padmasan posture which was also a common form of Bodhisatva in budhist culture. There are different views on the situation as how the idol was lying in the Narada kund.
One popular belief is that with the expansion of budhism, the temple of Sri Badrinath ji was also converted into a budhist temple and idol was thrown by these budhists into Narada kund. However this does not answer the question as how the lord is seated in Padmasan posture rather than usual Vishnu iconography.
King Ashoka had the famous Dhamm yatras all over the world for the propagation of budhism. The rock inscription near Kalsi in Dehradun district bears the testimony to the fact that Badrinath ji temple came under budhist influence during Ashoka's period is not clearly known.
The other belief that after the conversion of temple, the budhist enshrined the statue of Lord Budha was thrown into the Narada Kund which was restored by Adiguru as the idol of Lord Vishnu. This view is supported by the fact that the deity is seated in Padmasan posture.
Opinions can be divided on the origin of idol, but there are no two opinions on the popular faith that the idol of Lord Badrivishal, is the another name of bhagwan Vishnu.According to Hindu mythology, Budha was the incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Therefore Budha can be considered other form of Sri Badrinathji.
Darshan of Lord Badrinath ji
The main entrance gate of the shrine is colourful and imposing. it is popularly known as Singhdwar. The temple has two parts. The Garbhagriha where the deity is seated and the Mandapam for the pilgrims to assemble for Darshanam.
Darsan of Lord Badrinathji is available to pilgrims from the Sabha mandap all the time the temple is open.
Morning Darsan- opens 4:30 A. M. with Shubh Prabhatam and close at 1 P.M.
Afternoon Darshan- Opens at 4 P.M. and closes at 9 P.M. after the divine song "Geet govind".
How to Reach
By Train- Nearest station Reshikesh and Kotdwar, well connected with major cities.
By Road- Delhi to Reshikesh: 287 km by train and 238 km by road.
By Air- Nearest Airport at Dehradun.
The political history of Garhwal before the 10th century A.D. was shrouded in mystery till a while ago, because of the paucity of historical evidences. Barring a few literary references to texts like to great epics and Purans which enabled the historians to construct its early history. There was nothing significant which could throw direct light on the early history of this area .