Hindu Holy Place - Badrinath
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India is the land with multiple religions and is a country of God fearing people.People start for the pilgrimage from one place to another and perform pooja etc.to wash away all their sins.There are many holy places in India and the main such places are shown here in the following table.
The Abode Of Lord Vishnu
Badrinath is along the left bank of the river Alaknanda,is at an altitude of 3,133 m. above sea level.The existing temple was built about two centuries ago by Garhwal Kings.It is called the abode of Lord Vishnu which is between the twin mountain ranges of Nar and Narayan.
This is the holiest of the four main shrines,having the splendid Neelkanth mountains behind.Once the spot was carpeted with wild beans,ie 'badris', hence was famous as 'Badri Van'.
The temple has three sections-Garbha Griha, Darshan Mandap and Shobha Mandap.There are 15 idols in the temple complex, each sculpted in black stone.Oher images include Laxmi (Vishnu's consort), Garud (Vishnu's mount), Shiva,Parvati and Ganesha.Whereas the principal idol is Vishnu in a meditative posture with Nara-Narayan on its side.
Legend is that,when the river Ganga was requested to flow down to earth, to help the mankind,the earth was unable to withstand it's force.So, the river Ganages got split into twelve holy channels and Alaknanda was one of them which later became the abode of Lord Vishnu( Badrinath).
Attractions In Badrinath
Badrinath is also known as 'Vishal Badri' and is one of the Panch Badris
Panch Badris or Five Badris
There are four other smaller badri temples besides the main temple.These are together termed as the panch badris or five badris. Very few pilgrims however, visit the other four Badri temples.
Yogadhyan Badri (1920 m.)
This is very small and closest to the main temple of Badrinath which is the winter home for the idol at Badrinath.
Bhavishya Badri (2,744 m.)
It is situated at Subain near Tapovan, 17 km east of Joshimath.It is believed that. when evil force exceeds the limits, the two mountains Nar,Narayan at Badrinath will fall on each other closing the route to the present Badrinath.Lord Badrinath will then appear at the Bhavishya Badri temple and be worshipped here instead of the present one.
Bridha Badri or the 'Old Badri'
This is the third temple on the main Rishikesh-Badrinath oad at Animath. It is believed that Badrinath was worshipped here before its enshrinement by Shankaracharya at the main Badrinath seat.
This is the farthest from other badris. It is approachable from Karnaprayag by a motorable road enroute Ranikhet. The temple complex consist of 16 smaller temples.
Seven of these temples belong to the late Gupta period. The main temple is distinguished by a pyramid shaped raised platform, with a black stone idol of Vishnu.