Travel to Badrinath
The temple is built by Adi Shankaracharya, is the prominent attraction of tourists.
Badrinath and attracts thousands of visitors every year who come to seek the divine blessings of Lord Vishnu. The main shrine houses the black stone idol of Lord Badri Narayan sitting under a gold canopy, under a Badri tree. Lord Badrinath is the presiding deity but there are several other deities that are worshipped at this temple. Tapt Kund: Believed to be the abode of Agni, the Hindu God of fire, Tapt Kund is a thermal spring that devotees take a holy dip before entering the Badrinath temple. The spring is also said to have curative properties. Other famous natural springs that can be found at Badrinath are Narad Kund and Suraj Kund.
History of Badrinath Temple
Legends says that Adi Shankara found an idol of Badrinath in the Alaknanda river . Later he enshrined the same image in a cave near the hot spring of Tapt Kund, which is now known as the Badrinath Temple. It is also believed that during Satya Yuga Lord Shiva meditated here for many years. And all those years Goddess Lakshmi transformed into a Badri tree to provide shadow to Lord Shiva. This is how the place got its name as Badrinath. It is believed that the whole area in and around Badrinath was abode of Lord Shiva. This is one the reasons that the temple is jam packed during Maha Shivratri.
My Experience of visiting Badrinath temple
As you get close to Badrinath Temple you cannot help but feel a different energy in the air. We parked our vehicle and then started walking towards the temple. The narrow lane towards the temple was filled with small shops with glittering copper idols of different deities. We stop by one shop to buy some offerings for the temple.
The very word that crossed my mind at the first sight of the temple was colorful. Badrinath Temple is painted in various bright colors. The architecture and bright colors of the temple resembles a Buddhist temple. This is one of the reasons why it is believed that the present Badrinath Temple was a Buddhist shrine till 8th century. Post that Adi Shankara played an instrumental role in converting it into a Hindu temple.
The temple was inundated with devotees from all over the country with colorful idols of Lord Krishna and Tulsi garlands. The temple has three sections Garbhagriha (Sanctum), The Darshan Mandap, and Sabha Mandap. The Garbhagriha consists of idols of Lord Badri Narayan, Kuber (God of wealth), Narad Rishi, Uthavar, Nar & Narayan. At the entrance of the temple you can see the idol of Lord Shiva perched on bird Garud. In the main sanctum you can find the idol of Adi Shankaracharya. Apart from the main temple there are many shrines in and around the Badrinath Temple. After the visit to Badrinath Temple I am now keen to visit rest of the dhams as well.