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Do Dham Yatra

Badrinath Temple, also known as the Temple of Satyuga, is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is located in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand.

It is the only temple that is part of both the main Char Dham Yatra, which includes visits to Rameshwaram, Janak Puri, Dwarka, and Badrinath temples, and the Chota Char Dham Yatra, which consists of visits to Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath, and Badrinath temples. This temple can also be visited in our Do Dham yatra.

This temple is located at an altitude of 3100 m above sea level and is just 326 km from Dehradun. It is well connected by road. Every year, millions of devotees visit this place for atonement.

Mythological fact about the formation of the Badrinath temple:

As per the holy scriptures, it is said that Lord Vishnu came here for penance. He meditated here for more than thousands of years. Maa Parvati, consort of Lord Vishnu, took the form of a trek to protect him from any kind of difficulty. That tree is known as Badri, and hence its name, Badri Vishal.

It is also said that during the Satyuga, Lord Vishnu used to personally meet everyone who visited here. In Treta and Dwapar yuga, Lord Vishnu used to meet only the distinguished people with higher levels of attainment.

But in Kalyuga, it is said that Lord Vishnu will not meet anyone in person, but whoever visits this place will attain salvation. It is well said in Hindi that “जो जाए बद्री वो ना आए आओदरी” which means whoever visits the Badrinath temple will get rid of the cycle of birth and death.

It is also believed that Pandavas coming from the Kedarnath temple took a short break at this spot and spent some quality time of their lives serving Lord Vishnu. Then they proceeded toward heaven.

So Badrinath temple is also considered the door to heaven.
As per the Skand Puran, it is said that during the regime of Ashoka, this region was converted to Buddhism, and this temple got the form of a Buddhist monastery.

You can see that the architecture and vibrant colour of Badrinath temple are similar to those of a Buddhist monastery. But when the sage Adi Shankaracharya visited this place in the 8th century, he got it recovered with the help of local kings, recovered the idol of Lord Vishnu from Nand Kund, and re-established it in the santorum of the temple.

There are millions of pilgrimage spots in India, but there is nowhere like Badrinath Temple. Badrinath temple gets its mention in many holy scriptures, but a detailed mention of this temple can be found in Skandpuran.

How to Reach Here?

The nearest airport to Badrinath Temple is Jolly Grant Airport, also known as Dehradun Airport, which is about 303 km away. Almost all aviation companies, like Air India, Spicejet, Indigo, Vistara, etc., have direct flights to Dehradun airport from almost all the cities in India. So you can directly book your flight to this location from your hometown.

The nearest railway station to Badrinath temple is Rishikesh, which is 295 km from the temple. But very few trains are available to this station from most of the cities. So you can check your train for Dehradun, Roorkee, or Haridwar railway station, as all these cities are very close to each other.

After Haridwar, Dehradun, Rishikesh, or Roorkee, the only way to reach Badrinath temple is by road. The temple is well connected by all-weather roads, and no trekking is involved in this trip.

Generally, people book a personal cab for them to reach Badrinath or take a do dham yatra package and visit Kedarnath and Badrinath temples in one go. You can also go by government bus, but it’s not comfortable, as travelling on curly roads by bus is very difficult.

Places to visit around Badrinath Temple:

Other than Badrinath Temple, there are tons of places you can visit. Here is a list of a few such places that you can’t afford to miss.

-Mana village:- Well known as the first village in India, Mana village is now a day’s favourite destination. It’s a trend to enjoy tea with Maggi in the first village in India. It is located at a distance of 5 km from the Badrinath temple and is one of the favourite destinations of visitors. After this village, border regions start, and then Tiebet. This village also has historical importance as it was an integral part of the Silk Route to China. As per the holy scriptures, it is also said that the Pandavas spent some of their quality time at this place in a cave.

-Auli:- One of the most famous places for honeymoons and winter sports is Auli, which is located at a distance of just 51 km from the Badrinath temple. It is also known as the skiing paradise of India, and many winter sports competitions are being organized at this place. You can include Auli in your itinerary to experience the flawless beauty of this place. Even if you are not interested in winter sports, this place has a lot for you. You can enjoy the world-famous cable car to enjoy the beauty all around the place.

-Valley of Flowers: You must have seen the deep valley with some beautiful views. But have you ever thought that there could be a place known as the Valley of Flowers? Yes, you heard right. There is a place with this name that is well known for its extreme beauty and an endless flow of colourful and pleasant flowers all around the valley. In addition to the valley of flowers, there is a Gurudwara, also known as the highest Gurudwara, and the seat of the 10th guru of sikhs, Guru Govind Singh.

So whenever you plan to visit Badrinath temple or come on a do dham yatra, do remember to include some or all of this location. As each location has its own story, the more you explore, the more you will know.


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