Badrinath was originally established as a pilgrimage site by Adi Shankara in the ninth century. It is said that Shankara discovered the image of Badrinarayan in the Alaknanda River and enshrined it in a cave near the Tapt Kund (Hot Spring). Later the King of Garhwal moved that image to the present temple. Since then the temple has undergone several major renovations by many people.
What the history says
Legend says that one day Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati were doing tapasya in Badrinath. They got disturbed by a small boy (Lord Vishnu in disguise) who was crying. When Parvati asked the reason of his crying he replied that he wanted Badrinath for meditation. After that Shiva and Parvati both moved to Kedarnath.
Best time to visit
The ideal time or peak season to go for a Char Dham Yatra is from May to October, except monsoons. This is because; all the four sacred sites are perched in Garhwal Himalayas, which is prone to heavy snowfall. As a result, all the passage leading to the shrines are blocked. Moreover, during the monsoon season, there is undue threat of having landslides, which can further disrupt the journey. For safety reasons, the gates of the temples are also closed for this period of time and the idols are shifted to nearby pilgrim points. Weather can vary.
|Latitude||30° 73' N|
|Longitude||77° 48' E|
|Altitude||3415 mts above the sea level|
|Location||Situated along with Alaknanda River|
|Dedicated To||Badrinarayan (Vishnu)|
|Built In||Believed to date to the Vedic period. The current structure was built in the 9th century AD by Adi Shankaracharya.|
How to reach
|Joly Grant is the nearest Airport to Badrinath situated at a distance of 314kms. Jolly Grant Airport is well connected to Delhi with daily flights and Badrinath is well connected by motorable roads with Jolly Grant Airport. Taxis are available from Jolly Grant Airport to Badrinath.|
|The nearest railway station to Badrinath is Rishikesh. The Rishikesh railway station is situated 295kms before Badrinath on NH58 and is well connected by Indian railway networks with major destinations of India. Trains to Rishikesh are frequent and Badrinath is well connected by motorable roads with Rishikesh. Taxis and buses are available from Rishikesh, Srinagar, Rudraprayag, Chamoli, Joshimath and many other destinations to Badrinath.|
|Badrinath is well connected by motorable roads with major destinations of Uttarakhand state. Buses to Haridwar, Rishikesh and Srinagar are available from ISBT Kashmiri Gate. Buses and Taxis to Badrinath are easily available from major destinations of Uttarakhand state like Dehradun, Haridwar, Rishikesh, Pauri, Rudraprayag, Karnaprayag, Ukhimath, Srinagar, Chamoli etc. Badrinath is connected with Ghaziabad by National Highway 58.|