Badrinath Yatra

Badrinath dham is one of the most important Hindu temples. The Dham is situated in the lap of Nar-Narayan Parvat, with the towering Neelkanth peak (6,597mts.) in the background. Also known as the Vishal Badri, the largest among the five Badris, it is revered by all as the apt tribute to Lord Vishnu. It is popularly believed that with the spread of Budhism, the Budhists enshrined the statue of Lord Budha there and during and during the Hindu renaissance, the statue of Budha was restored by Adi Guru as the idol of Lord Vishnu. It is also considered that Budha was the ninth incarnation of Lord Vishnu. 

The legends say, that Badrinath, was the home of Lord Vishnu in his incarnation as Narayan. It is known as Tapobhumi, a land for meditation and penance and bhubaikunth, the heaven on earth. Facing the Badrinath temple is a hot water spring known as Tapt Kund, known for its medicinal properties. Other springs here are the Narad Kund and Surya Kund. There is a separate tank for women.

Throughout the route to Badarinath there are numerous pilgrimage sites at Deo Prayag, Rudraprayag, Karnaprayag, Nandaprayag and Vishnuprayag; as well as Pandukeswar where king Pandu observed Tapasya with his queen Madri and where his sons Pandavas, stayed during their pilgrimage to heaven, and the site where Bhima and Hanuman (sons of Vayu) met.

The temple opens every year in the month of April - Mayand closes for winters in the third week of November.Badrinath's four subsidiary Badris include Bhavishya Badri, Yogdham Badri, Bridha badri and Adi Badri.