Badrinath temple A Vishnu Temple also known as Badri Narayan Temple, is one of most important temple for Hindu Pilgrimage. As it is One of Char Dham which includes Dwarkadhish Temple, Jagannath Temple, Rameshwaram Temple. It is Located in valley of Nar Narayan Mountains and on the banks of Alaknanda River.
Badrinath temple is Located in District Of Chamoli In Uttrakhand on Height of Approx 10800 fts. Which is open from mostly from May to November. As it is closed for rest of period due to extreme weather conditions. Rest of year Bhagwan Vishnu is worshipped at Joshimath which also comes on the way to Badrinath.
Badrinath Temple was built by Guru Adi Shankara Acharya ji and all other Char dham to re-establish the Dharma. The Purhoit of this temple are from Kearla which are descendants of Purohits which were traditionally appointed by Guru Adi Shankara Acharya Ji. Badrinath Dham is also known as Panch Badri which are Vishal Badri, Yogadhyan Badri, Bhavishya Badri, Bridha Badri and Adi Badri.
It is also believed when Maa Ganga was bought to earth from heaven it was divided into 12 holy channels and Alaknanda River is one of them which meet River Bagrathi at Devprayag.
It is believed that Sages Nar and Naryana which were incarnation of Bhagwan Vishnu performed Penance at Badrinath and Narada attained Moksha here.
It is also believed that Bhagwan Shiva and Mata Parvati used to live here and one day Bhagwan Vishnu came here to disguise as a small boy and started crying loudly. After listing child cry Maa Parvati could not see him crying and took him to home. Bhagwan Shiva denied taking him with them, but Mata insisted to take him with them. Maa Parvati went outside the home for having Bath along with Bhagwan Shiva leaving child behind. But on returning child had locked the door from inside. When Mata Asked what you want in returned, he replied he want this place for Meditation. Because of this they had to go somewhere else and Maa Parvati and Bhagwan went for Kedarnath from there.
Bhagwan Vishnu Murti is in sitting Posture called Padmasan in Grabha Griha which is bit different from various Bhagwan Vishnu Temples where we find Bhagwan in Sleeping Posture. At Entrance of Temple we can have glimpse of Bhagwan Vishnu which is placed facing towards Grabha Griha sitting on Garuda Bhagwan. On Left side of Temple we can see Maa Laxmi Temple. Prabhu Vishnu is offered Tulsi leaves, Hard Sugar Candies, Dry Fruits etc.
Badrinath has been mentioned as a holy place in scriptures and legends for thousands of years. According to the Srimad Bhagavatam, “There in Badrikashram the Personality of Sage (Vishnu) in his incarnation as the sages Nara and Narayana, had been undergoing great penance since time immemorial for the welfare of all living entities.
The Tapt Kund hot sulphur springs lay just below the temple. Reputed as medicinal, many pilgrims consider bathing in the springs before visiting the temple a requirement.
Built: By Adi Shankaracharya Ji and had Several Renovation from time to Time. In the 16th century, the king of Garhwal moved the murti to the present temple. In 17th century, the kings of Garhwal expanded the temple. After significant damage in the great 1803 Himalayan earthquake, the King of Jaipur rebuilt it.