Badrinath temple | Badrinath Yatra | Delhi to Badrinath Mandir– There are many sacred spots of pilgrimage in the heavens, earth and the nitherworld,but there has been none equal to Badri, nor shall there be”
Encircled by a beautiful valley on the banks of holy river Alaknanda nestled in the Himalaya, Badrinath temple is the holiest of the four shrines on the scared itinerary of every devour Hindu. Perched on the twin mountain ranges of Nar and Narayan, it is belived that Badrinath is the abode of Lord Vishnu.
The name Badrinath is derived from wild berries, which means Badri in local language. Once the spot was carpeted with ‘badris or wild berries and hence was known as Badri Van’or wild berries forest.
The facilities on the road to Badrinath temple has been improved manifold in the recent times. About 600,000 pilgrims visit the shrine every year now and on the other hand in 1961, it was just 90,676.
The Legend of Badrinath Temple
According to the mythology, when the goddess Ganga was asked to descend to earth to help the suffering humanity, the earth was unable to withstand the force of her flow. So, the mighty Ganga was split into twelve holy channels, with Alaknanda one of them and later, it became the abode of Lord Vishnu or Badrinath.
The mountains around Badrinath temple are mentioned in the Epic Mahabharata. People believed that the Pandavas ended their lives by ascending the slopes of a peak in western Garhwal called Swargarohini.
Local people believed that the Pandavas passed through Badrinath and Mana village, 4 kms. north of Badrinath temple, on their way to Swargarohini. There is also a cave located in Mana where Rishi Vyas wrote the great Indian epic Mahabharata.
The area around Badrinath temple also mentioned in Padma Purana as abounding in spiritual treasures. Badrinath Mandir has also been eulogised as Bhu Vaikunta or earthly abode of Lord Vishnu.
Many hindu intellectual such as Ramanuja Madhawacharya and Vedanta Desika visited Badrinath and wrote sacred texts in Brahmasutras and other Upanishads.