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108 Holy Places in India and Why is Badrinath Dham Only Most Popular?

Badrinath Temple is one of the most popular holy places out of all 108 holy places in India. It is also considered as a Chardham Yatra holy place & in Uttarakhand, it comes under the list of Chota Chardham. It’s located 3122 meters above sea level in the Chamoli district.

Badrinath Temple (Source: Wikimedia)

The Chota Char Dham yatra starts from Yamunotri to Gangotri, Gangotri to Kedarnath, Kedarnath to Badrinath. In ancient times, there was the forest of Badri so that’s why it's known as “BADRINATH”. The temple is located between the two hills Nar & Narayan hills. In temple premises, Alaknanda & LakshmanGanga flows. On the right side of Alaknanda, Badrinath temple is located & on the surface of Narayan hill. The Neelkanth hill is located behind the temple.

Nar-Narayan (Source: Quora)

Temple Was Destroyed by China

After the establishment of the Buddhism religion, China destroyed the temple & sank the statue of Lord Vishnu into the Narad Kund. Then, Adi Shankaracharya sorted this out.

Adi Shankaracharya (Source: Wikimedia)

Establishment of Badrinath in 08th Century By Adi Shankaracharya

There is a story behind this temple. Lord Vishnu came into the dream of Adi Shankaracharya and told him to draw his statue from Naradkund & establish the temple. Then, Adi Shankaracharya did the same and established the statue on Tapt Kund. Then after that, it became the holy place of Devbhoomi.

Difference Between Temperature of Tapt Kund & Badrinath
Taptkund Badrinath (Source: Wikimedia)

Tapt Kund is the mixture of sulphur water which has a temperature around 45-degree celsius where the average temperature of Badrinath is approximately 9 to 10-degree celsius. In the winter season, Badrinath's temperature goes below ZERO degree celsius. In the winter season, Lord Vishnu’s statue shifts into the Jyotirmath due to heavy snowfall by Saints.

JyotirMuth (Source: Wikimedia)

In Satyuga, Nar-Narayana, In TretaYuga, Lord Rama, In Dwapar Yuga Maharishi Vedvyas, and in Kalyuga Adi Shankaracharya re-establish the Satya Sanatan Dharma to re-started this temple.

Temple’s Development in the 16th Century

The King of the Chandra Dynasty developed the temple & Queen of Indore Ahilyabai gave the Gold Parasol to the temple. From the South region Kerala, Nambudiri Brahman can only touch the statue of Lord Vishnu. There is also rule that without giving the copper’s ringlet of Jagannath Puri, the yatra of Char Dham couldn’t be completed.

Queen of Indore Ahilyabai Holkar (Source: Newsgram)

Lord Vishnu’s Arrival in Badri Forest To Repent on His Deed

Lord Vishnu (Source: Pinterest)

Once upon a time a Rishi was wandering from the place of Lord Vishnu & Lakshmi and saw that He’s resting and Lord Lakshmi is serving him, which made Rishi angry. And, who gave the sin to Lord Vishnu. Then, Lord Vishnu came into the Badri forest and started meditation there. Then, Lord Lakshmi also came there and gave herself a tree form and also converted the environment of Badri forest into a living environment.

Division of Badrinath Temple

The temple is divided into two parts: In the first part of the temple, Garuda, Lakshmi, Hanuman’s statues are placed there. And, in the second part: Lord Vishnu’s four-handed statue is placed there in sitting form with the statues of Nar-Narayan, Kuber, Narad, & Udhav.

In 1803, Jaipur’s King renovated the temple which was destroyed due to earthquakes and natural disasters.

Birth of Maharishi Ved Vyas in Badrinath

Maharishi Vedvyas Ji (Source: Gyan Manthan)

There is also a story that Maharishi Vedvyas took birth in the Badri Forest where he also made his ashram there. Adi Shankaracharya also met Maharishi Vedvyas in Badrinath.

Worshipping Procedure in Badrinath

Before starting worshipping in Badrinath, devotees used to take bath in the Tapt Kund, and start worship in the temple in the first session of Temple i.e. in the morning. In the morning session, the Maha Abhishek & Gita Paath's session starts. After taking a bath, devotees enter the temple.

Some devotees who stay in the Ashram, they use to get the daily meal in Badrinath. People say that Lord Lakshmi prepares the meal & served by the Lord Vishnu to all devotees. And, in the god’s offerings, devotees get Pongal, Dry Fruit, Basil, and Sugar candies.

Saraswati River Mana (Source: Euttaranchal)
How is Saraswati River connected with Maharishi Vedvyas

In ancient times, When Maharishi Vedvyas Ji wanted to write the Mahabharata, they invited the Lord Ganesha to write this. Then, they are sitting together on the bank of the Saraswati river where the river created noise at a high level. And, it was also creating disturbance between their communications then Maharishi Vedvyas Ji gave a sin to Saraswati river to enter into the earth in a hidden way.
Bhimpul Mana (Source: Char Dham Tours)
And, there is also a bridge on the Saraswati river which is known as Bhimpul & located in Mana. And, it was developed by the Pandav Putra Bhim with solid large rock. Bhim developed this bridge for Draupadi because she was not able to cross the river.

How To Reach Badrinath

There are 3 ways to reach Badrinath Dham:
  • By Air: Nearest Airport Jolly Grant in Dehradun, which is 317 Km away from Badrinath.
  • By Train: Nearest Railway Station Rishikesh, which is 300 Km away from Badrinath.
  • You can also reach easily accessible roads via Gaurikund to Badrinath.

How Does An Independent House Help You To Explore Garhwal Region

This information may help you to know some unknown facts about the Badrinath Dham. If you want to explore more places of Uttarakhand then you can explore only if you have your own home in devbhoomi. So, it would be easier for you to explore more places there. From Garhwal to Kumaon region, Holy places are everywhere all over Uttarakhand’s land. Indus Valley Mukteshwar can provide you a better unit of an independent house villa for sale in Nainital or also can provide a 2 bhk flat in Nainital.

And, if you want to live in a plane area then Haridwar could be a better option which is the Connaught Place of all holy places. So, in the Haridwar region, you should go with a small property in Haridwar near ShantiKunj by Ambika Divinity Haridwar. There are also some other options such as a flat for sale in Haridwar.

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