Badrinath Sightseeing

Badrinath Sightseeing

Badrinath Sightseeing

Badrinath is one of the ancient and holy places in India. It is situated in Chamoli district of Uttrakhand State at an elevation of 3133mts above sea level and lies nearby Alaknanda River in Gadhwal Himalayas. There are numerous places that are frequently visited by pilgrims and adventure enthusiasts every year. The best time to visit attraction spots in Badrinath is May- November. Local sightseeing in Badrinath can be done within a half or full day, but to visit all sightseeing spots, you must need to stay in Badrinath for at least 2 or 3 days.

Here below we’ve provided the list of fourteen tourist places in Badrinath, which can be explored by tourists.

1. Badrinath Temple
Badrinath Temple is one of the most sacred temples in Badrinath District. Situated at the banks of Alaknanda River surrounded by Nana Parvat, Badrinath Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The temple was established by saint philosopher Adi Shankaracharya in 8th Century and holds a small cupola of gilt bull and spire and is built in the shape of a cone. The Badrinath temple is well known for its Badrinath deity sculpted in black stone, which is around one meter large and represents Lord Vishnu seated in contemplative pose. The name entrance gate of Badrinath temple is called as “Singh Dwara” which is major center of attraction of Temple. Besides this, the temple has stunning 15 idols of different Hindu gods. Millions of domestic as well as foreign travelers and devotees went to this holy place every year from May- Oct month. During the winter the temple remains closed because of heavy snow fall

2. TaptKund
Tapt Kund is natural thermal spring and considered as dwelling of Lord Agni where one has to take a sacred dip. The dip into Tapt kund is very important before going to temple and also believed that the Kund be spiritually revitalized and cleanses all the sins. All the followers and tourists take holy dip in Tapat kund together without even knowing each other. The expected temperature of water of Tapat kund is 45° C. This holy place is worth watching destination.

3. Brahma Kapal
Brahma Kapal is place located on the banks of River Alaknanda and is placed in the region of Badrinath Temple. It is believed that at this place Lord Brahma resides and also believed that the head of Lord Brahma had fallen off in Brahma Kapal Ghat. Hindu devotees perform various rituals and prayers to the dead ancestors and also offer shraddha to their intimates.

4. Neelkanth
Neelkanth, which is also tagged as “Garhwal Queen” is named after God Shiva who is also called as Neelkanth. It is a snowy peak located above Badrinath temple in the shape of pyramid. Neelkanth peak is located at an altitude of 6,597 meters above the sea level. It is the beautiful site where the sun spreads its first ray. Numerous travelers can also come across various Brahmakal which can be viewed at the foot of the Neelkanth Peak. Furthermore, tourists can also cover 6 kilometer of trekking route easily on this peak.

5. Mata Murti Temple
Located at a distance of 3 kilometers from Badrinath, Mata Murti Temple famous holy temple dedicated to mother of Lord Narayan. According to a myth Mata Murti worshiped God Vishnu to take his next birth as her son and after blissfully agreed with that lord Vishnu came in to world as twins, Narayana and Nara to kill a giant. There is admired faith that the goddess has power of conceding Vairagya to those who meditate honestly in her presence. Every year a fair is organized in the land of Mata Murti Temple where mother of Shri Badrinath is worshipped.

6. Charanpaduka
Located at the distance of 3 kilometer from Badrinath Temple, Charanpaduka is a famous rock as it possesses the foot prints of Lord Vishnu. This temple is falls on lovely meadow covered with diverse wild flowers in the summers. There is belief that the honest visit at this sacred place will retrieve you from aliments and other troubles. There are numerous caves and rocks on the way which direct to Charanpaduka. This path will also lead you to the bottom of Neelkanth peak where you can see numerous Brahmakamals.

7. Narad Kund
Situated nearby Tapt Kund, Narada Kund is one of sacred places in Badrinath after the name of Badrinath Temple. It is the place where the deity of Lord Vishnu was improved by Adi Guru Sankara.

It is assumed that the name of Narada Kund was given after Saint Narada Muni who wrote Narada Bhakti Sutra at this spot. Narada Kund is tripped to take a sacred dip into the holy water before visiting the temples. Besides this, there are many other natural hot water springs are situated.

8. Satopanth
Situated at distance of 25 km from Badrinath and set up above 4,402 meters above sea level, Satopanth is a triangular shaped lake with three corners extends inside the circumference of about a kilometer. It is enclosed by heavy snow covered peaks and is named after the Hindu Lords Vishnu, Mahesh and Brahma. There is a belief that these three gods inhabit one corner each of the Satopanth Lake.

9. Mana
Located at the distance of 3 kilometer from Bhadrinath, Mana is very near to Tibet border and it is one of the end villages of our country. It is occupied by Indo-Mongolian tribes often referred as Bhotias. Most of the travelers who visit Badrinath also come to glimpse the end of the road at Mana.

10. Bheem Pul
Located opposite to the Vyas Gufa in Mana Village, Bheem Pul is an excited and adventurous tourist place. It is believed that this is the place where Bheem (one of Five Pandavas brothers), threw a huge rock in order to make a path to joining the two mountains so that Draupadi could easily walk over it. Below this Mountain, Saraswati River flows with force and joins the Alaknanda River.

11. Sheshnetre
Located at a distance of 1.5 km from Badrinath, Sheshnetra is one of the famous holy sites. This is a big massif stone which is distinct with an eye of a renowned snake. It is said that Lord Vishnu took leave on an enormous snake called Ananta Shesha. This holy place has the natural marks on the rock. There is a popular belief that Sheshnetra protects the sanctified temple of Lord Badrinath.

12. Vyas Cave
Vyas Gufa or Vyas Cave is popular place from where Ved Vyas stated entire Mahabharata to Lord Ganesha so that he could write. Ved Vyas also contemplated in this cave.

13. Ganesha Cave
Ganesha Cave is the sacred natural cave where God Ganesha wrote Mahabharata as stated by Ved Vyas from Vyas Gufa.

14. Panch Dharas and Panch Shilas
The Panch Dharas (five rivers) which are very popular in Badaripuri are Kurma, Prahlad, Bhrigu, Indira dhara, & Urvashi. The most remarkable stream of these is the Indira dhara, situated about 1.5 kilometers north of the town Badaripuri. Around the Tapt Kund there are 5 blocks of rocks of legendary importance named Narsimh, Narad, Garur, Barah, & Markandeya Shilas (stone).

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