The Char Dham Yatra 2022 has begun, and Badrinath Dham is included. The Hindu temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is located in Badrinath, Uttarakhand, India. Thousands of devotees visit the shrine every year.
The Badrinath Temple is scheduled to open in 2022.
The Badrinath Temple opened on May 8, and according to reports, over 15,000 pilgrims visited the shrine that day. The temple’s kapat is only open for six months of the year.
Badrinath Dham, like Kedarnath Temple, closes around the end of October and the beginning of November. This year will be no exception, owing to the extreme weather conditions in these Himalayan regions.
Badrinath Dham’s Location
Badrinath temple is located in the Garhwal hill tracts and has serene surroundings. It is situated on the Alaknanda River’s banks. The Nar Parbat mountain is located in the opposite direction of the temple.
Badrinath Temple Hours
At 4.30 a.m., the Badrinath Temple opens for priests to perform Maha Abhishek and Abhishek Puja. The temple is open for darshan between 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. The shrine closes in the afternoon between 1 and 4 p.m. The shrine’s kapat closes between 8.30 p.m. and 9.00 p.m., following the Shayan (evening) aarti.
The architecture of Badrinath Dham
The temple is into three sections: the Darshan Mandap (worship hall), the Garbhagriha (sanctum), and the Sabha Mandap (convention hall).
The Garbhagriha is topped with a gold gilt roof. It has a conical roof and arched windows in its stone-built facade.
Broad staircases lead up to the entrance, and the inside of the Darshan Mandap has a pillared hall that leads to the sanctum. Intricate can be seen on the walls and roof.
Lord Badrinarayana is the main deity, holding a conch (shankha) and a wheel (chakra). He is in the Yogamudra (padmasana) position. Several Gods, including Goddess Lakshmi, Lord Kubera, Sage Uddhava, and nine manifestations, are depicted in the sanctum and other temple areas.
Badrinath Dham’s Legend
According to the Vishnu Purana, the origin of the Badrinath Dham is associated with Dharma’s two sons, Nar and Narayana. They wanted to spread their religion by marrying the Himalayan valleys.
They were looking for a hermitage and discovered both cold and hot springs behind the Alaknanda River. It was given the name Badri Vishal.
Another Hindu legend claims that Lord Vishnu meditated at the site. He came to Badrinath to practice austerity and meditate in the padmasana position. Sage Narada chastised him when he saw Goddess Lakshmi massaging Lord Vishnu’s feet.
To protect the harsh weather conditions, Goddess Lakshmi took the form of the Badri tree during his meditation.
Lord Vishnu was pleased by Goddess Lakshmi’s devotion, and he named the location Badrika Ashram.
History of the Badrinath Temple
Historians and mythologists have discovered references to Lord Badrinath in Vedic scriptures dating between approximately 1700 and 500 BC. There is, however, no mention of the temple.
According to many accounts, it was a Buddhist shrine before being converted into a Hindu temple by Adi Shankara. Many Hindus believe that Shankara was the one who discovered the deity Lord Badrinath in the Alaknanda River.
The Badrinath Temple has been extensively renovated after being damaged by avalanches. It is now one of the most important Hindu shrines. The Uttarakhand State Government declared the area around the temple a no-construction zone in 2006. They wished to avoid illegal encroachment.
How to Get to Badrinath Dham in 2022?
Before planning your Char Dham Yatra for 2022, devotees must read the Uttarakhand and Covid-19 regulations. Pilgrims can travel to Badrinath Dham by bus from Haridwar.
The authored article is written by Darshana Joshi and shared with Prittle Prattle News exclusively.
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