Badrinath Dham

Shrine Badrinath is devoted to Lord Vishnu. It is believed that Lord Shiva meditated here and Lord Vishnu wanted to offer his penance here. Lord VIshnu took shape of a small child who started crying. Lord Shiva's wife, godess Parvati tried calming the child but failed and Lord Shiva shifted to Kedarnath to avoid disturbance. Lord Vishnu occupied the place and offered his penance.

Seeing the Lord doing his penance in the open, Goddess Mahalaxmi is believed to have assumed the form of Badari tree to provide him shelter to face the onslaught of the adverse weather conditions, therefore the name Badari Narayan.

It is also believed that to revive the lost prestige of Hinduism and to unite the country in one bond, Adi Guru Sri Shankaracharya built four pilgrimage centres in four corners of India. Among them were Badrikashram (Badrinath temple) in the north, Rameshwaram in the south, Dwarkapuri in the west and Jagannath Puri in the east. Badrinath situated at an elevation of 3,133 mts. is considered to be amongst the most pious.

A flight of steps takes pilgrims to the main gate & then into the Badrinath temple. The temple is divided into three parts - the Garbha Griha or the sanctum sanctorum, the Darshan Mandap where the rituals are conducted and the Sabha Mandap where devotees assemble. The Garbha Griha portion has its canopy covered with a sheet of gold offered by Queen Ahilyabai Holkar. The complex has 15 idols especially attractive is the one-metre high image of lord Badrinath, finely sculpted in black stone. It represents Lord Vishnu seated in a meditative pose called padmasan.