Badri Vishal

Badri Vishal

Located in

Chamoli, Garhwal

Best time to visit

May, Jun, Sep, Oct,

Recommended stay

  2 days

Famous for

Badrinath Temple, Char Dham Yatra, Pilgrimage, Temple, Char Dham Temple

Badri Vishal - Divine Travels

Badri Vishal by its name means the greatest Badri. Badri is another name of lord Vishnu and it is the name of a berry Bayar with its legend connected to the Bayar tree.

Badri Vishal- one of the five Panch Badri is popularly known as Badrinath Dham as it is one of the chhota Char Dham and also one among the popular Char Dham (four Pilgrimages) of India. Badri Vishal temple was established by Aadi Shankaracharya.

History of Badri Vishal

In the 9th century, the holy town of Badrinath was re-established as a prominent pilgrim site by Guru Adi Shankaracharya. In the early years, the pilgrims used to walk hundreds of miles to pay obeisance at the sacred Badrinath temple. During the time of First World War, the town of Badrinath had only 20 dwarf huts, where the temple staff lived.

Architecture of Badrinath Temple

The architecture of Badrinath temple bears a striking resemblance to the Buddhist Vihara (temple). The facade of the temple is built out of stone and has arched windows. On the walls and pillars of the mandapa, one can see the intricate carvings. To enter inside, one has to take the broad stairway that leads to the arched gateway, the main entrance of the temple.

This remarkable temple is 50 feet tall, having a small cupola on top covered with agold gilt roof. Inside the temple, one can see the calm and meditative posture of Lord Vishnu, flanked by Nar and Narayan. Around 15 idols have been are enshrined in the temple that are carved out of black stone.

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Mythology about Badrinath

There are two mythological stories related to Badrinath, the first states that as per the Vamana Purana, the two sages named Nar and Narayana (the fifth incarnation of Lord Vishnu) performed their penance here and Bhakt Narada was able to attain salvation.

Whereas, the other legend tells that Lord Vishnu in his child avatar manifested near the Neelkanth Parvat in search of a place to meditate.Upon searching, he fell in love with the site near Alaknanda river. Lord Vishnu then incarnated as a child near the Rishi Ganga and Alaknanda rivers (now in the vicinity of Neelkanth Parvat) and started crying. When his cries reached the ears of Goddess Parvati, it melted her heart at once. She wanted to help the child so she took her consort, Lord Shiva to meet him. When Parvati asked the child, ‘What do you want?‘ The child asked for the site that he liked for meditating. Parvati granted his wish and now the same place is revered as BadriVishal.

How To reach Badrinath/Badri Vishal

By Air: Jolly Grant Airport is the nearest Airport to Badrinath situated at a distance of 314kms. Jolly Grant Airport is well connected to Delhi with daily flights and  Badrinath is well connected by motorable roads with Jolly Grant Airport. Taxis are available from Jolly Grant Airport to Badrinath.

By Rail: The nearest railway station to Badrinath is Rishikesh. The Rishikesh railway station is situated 295kms before Badrinath on NH58 and is well connected by Indian railway networks with major destinations of India. Trains to Rishikesh are frequent and Badrinath is well connected by motorable roads with Rishikesh. Taxis and buses are available from Rishikesh, Srinagar, Rudraprayag, Chamoli, Joshimath and many other destinations to Badrinath.

By Road: Badrinath is well connected by motorable roads with major destinations of Uttarakhand state. Buses to Haridwar, Rishikesh and Srinagar are available from ISBT Kashmiri Gate. Buses and Taxis to Badrinath are easily available from major destinations of Uttarakhand state like Dehradun, Haridwar, Rishikesh, Pauri, Rudraprayag, Karnaprayag, Ukhimath, Srinagar, Chamoli etc. Badrinath is connected with Ghaziabad by National Highway 58.