Badrinath Temple

Badrinath-“Adobe of Lord Vishnu”

Badrinath is one of the pious sites of Char Dham pilgrimage in India. Other Char Dham sites include Dwarka, Puri and Rameshwaram. This holy land of Vishnu is located between the two mountains Nar and Narayan. Badrinath is also an important part of Panch Badri Yatra of Uttarakhnd. This pious site is placed in the tranquil natural surroundings of high peaks, dense forests and graceful rivers.

About Badrinath Temple

Badrinath Temple defines the greatness of Lord Vishnu. The temple is around 50 feet tall and in form of a cone. There is a small cupola on top covered with gold gilt roof.

Structure of Badrinath Temple

Badrinath Mandir has a beautiful formation. You can find the intricate carvings on the walls and pillars of the mandapa. The entrance gate of Badrinath temple is called as ‘Singhdwar’. On the gate of the temple is placed the idol of Bird Garud (Lord Badrinarayan’s vehicle) sitting in prayer directly opposite to the main idol of the Lord.

The holy shrine is divided into three sections that are given below:

  • Darshan Mandap (worship hall) – It is the main area where rituals take place. One can find a Lord Badri Narayan idol with two arms in lifted pose armed with Conch and Chakra and two arms rested in Yogic pose. The idols of Nar and Narayan, Narad Muni and Garuda kneeling in front of the Lord’s idol can also be found.
  • Garbha Griha – Garbha Griha section or the sanctum sanctorum encloses around 15 idols which includes murtis of Nar & Narayan, Lakshmi, Ganesha, Udhava, Narad Rishi. The main attraction of the area is the Lord Badrinarayan one-meter high black stone image. It is a well sculpted image with gold canopy overhead sitting under a Badri tree. It is believed that the black stone was originally found by legend Shankara, who preserved it in Tapt Kund hot springs. The murti was moved to the present temple by King of Garhwal in the 16th century.
  • Sabha Mandap – This is the temple compound where pilgrims and devotees assemble.

Poojas that takes place in Badrinath Temple

All the poojas/sevas in the Badrinath temple takes place in attendance of devotees. The devotees join for puja after taking a dip in the Tapt Kund. Booking for special poojas can be done in advance at Badrinath Mandir Committee.

Badrinath Temple Opening and Closing time

Badrinath temple gets open at 4:30 AM and closes in the afternoon at 1 PM. There is an afternoon recess from 1 AM to 4 PM. Once again the temple open at 4 PM and get closed by 9 PM.

Morning Poojas at Badrinath Temple

Daily rituals at Badrinath temple starts early in the morning around 4:30 AM. Some of the morning poojas that take place are Abhishek Darshan, Alankar Darshan, Aarti Darshan. In the poojas the holy image of Badrinarayan is covered with sandal paste and is decorated with flowers & jewel.

Evening Poojas at Badrinath Temple

In the evening pooja, recitation of Ashtothram and Sahasranamam Path light up the holy environment around the temple. The evening pooja ends with Mangal aarti also called Geet govind. After the grand aarti the temple priest removes the flowers & jewels from the image of Badrinarayan. Only the sandal paste is left which is removed next morning and distributed as Prasad among the devotees.

Badrinath Puja Rates

All the pilgrims are allowed to have darshan of Badrinath Ji at free of cost. Devotees can also offer some special Badrinath Pooja or Aarti or offer Bhog to the Lord. For such special aarti or puja they’ll have to deposit a specific amount in the treasury of temple. Once you deposit the Badrinath puja rates, a receipt will be issued to you.

Devotees can pay the puja rates for Badrinath Dham in advance. To help you we have listed the details of Badrinath Pooja Cost.

Details of Puja/Path and Aarti Rates (in Indian Rupees)

Badrinath Morning Pooja Rates (4:30 AM to 6:30 AM)
Maha Abhishek (1 person) 4300.00
Abhishek Puja (1 person) 4101.00
Badrinath Morning Pooja Rates (6:30 AM to 12 Noon & 3 PM)
Ved Path (1 person) 2100.00
Geeta Path (1 person) 2500.00
Badrinath Special Pooja Rates
Shrimad Bhagwat Saptah Path 35101.00
Entire Pujas of a day (1 person) 11700.00
Evening Aarti/Archana & Path (6 PM to 9 PM)
Swarna Aarti (1 person) 376.00
Vishnusahasranam Path (1 person) 456.00
Kapoor Aarti (1 person) 151.00
Shyan Aarti (1 person) 3100.00
Daily or Periodical Pooja / Bhog and Akhand Jyoti
Akhanad Jyoti Annual 4951.00
Ghrit Kambal Ghee on closing day 4951.00
Ghee for Deepak on closing day 3511.00
Akhand Jyoti One day 1451.00
Pooja on Special Occasions
Bhagwan Nar-Narayan Janmotsava (in Srawan Month) 4951.00
Shrawani abhishek (in Srawan Month) 11701.00
Shri Krishan Janmastami Utsava 10551.00
Other Offerings
Donation for Renovation work 1001.00 or above

Festivals Celebrated at Badrinath

  • Badri Kedar Festival – This eight day festival is celebrated in Badrinath and Kedarnath in the month of June. In the festival artists from across India are invited to showcase their art.
  • Mata Murti ka Mela – It is celebrated on Bhavan Dwadashi. In the festival devotees sing holy songs, dance and worship Shri Badrinath’s mother Ma Murti.
  • Janmashtami – Janmashtami is celebrated very vibrantly in Badrinath. Devotees gather and celebrate the birth of Lord Krishna.

History and Legends about Badrinath Temple

Many mythology stories revolve around Badrinath Dham. It is one of the reasons which make Badrinath Dham an important pilgrimage. According to legends, Lord Vishnu performed penance at this place. His spouse, Goddess Lakshmi protected the Lord from the blazing heat of the sun by taking the form of a berry tree. Pleased by the Goddess Lakshmi devotion, Lord Vishnu named the spot after her as Badrikashram.

Legends say that two sons of Dharma Nar and Narayana wanted to spread their hermitage in the Himalayas. During their search of hermitage they came across four spots of Panch BadriDhyan Badri, Bridha Badri, Yog Badri and Bhavishya Badri. This is how they found this place and named it Badri Vishal.

The mythology stories attached to the Badrinath temple is a long one. According to another story Pandavas while on their way to heaven ascended to Swargarohini or Ascent to Heaven via Badrinath. Many great sages like Gautam, Kashyap and Kapila Muni performed atonement at this sacred place. Badrianth Dham remained a Buddhist Temple till 8th century. In 8th century Adishankara converted it into a Hindu Temple.

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Char Dham are the names of four pilgrimage places in Uttarakhand, India that are widely revered by most of the “Hindus”. The Char Dham of Uttarkhand are: Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri, and Yamunotri.