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Badrinath Dham : is ranked amongst the oldest and is considered as the most revered places amongst Hindus. Comfortably situated along the right bank of the majestic river Alaknanda, at an altitude measuring 3133 m above sea level. The shrine is also known by the name of Vishal Badri, the biggest amongst five Badris, and is a true homage to Lord Vishnu, postured in meditative mood or the padmasan. Other of four Badris includes Bhavishya Badri, Yogdhyan Badri, Bridha Badri and Adi badri respectively.
About Badrinath Temple
Badrinath Temple(Mandir) was originally built by the Kings of Garhwal about two centuries ago. Much later in 8th century, well-known Hindu reformist Adi Shankaracharya re-enshrined the temple. The Mandir architecture puts a fabulous semblance for the eyes of the on looker. It is divided into three segments namely the 'Garbha Griha' or the sanctum sanctorum, the 'Darshan Mandap' the Ritual Hall and the 'Sabha Mandap' or the Devotees Assembly Hall. The whole temple complex has 15-idols, of which the statue of Lord Badri or Vishnu, subtly chiseled from Black stone, simply catches the imagination by awe and reverence.
Tourism and Places to visit in Badrinath
In this pilgrimage centre there are two natural hot water springs. Surya Kund and Tapt Kund. The stifling waters temperature is 50oC. Peoples bath in these springs to distil the body and soul before visit the Mandir.
Vishal Badri –It denotes the main temple of Shri Badri Narayan Temple and is believed to be the most sanctified.
Bhavishya Badri – This temple is situated in a small village 18 kms far from Joshimath.
Yogathyan Badri - This temple is placed at 25 kms far from mainBadri Nath Dham. This is exactly the place where Maharaj Pandu prayedto Pandukeshwar.
Preetha Badri - This place is famous because Adi Shankarachary worshipped Badrivishal god here for some time. It is 19 kms far from Joshimath.
Adi Badri Vishal - This temple is situated at 16 kms. farKarnaprayag. This is one of the famous temple of bhagwan Badri.