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This page on Badrinath tourist attractions contains information various tourist attractions in Badrinath.

Tourist Attractions

Badrinath has many places of tourist attractions. Here are the tourist attractions in Badrinath:

The Temple
This is the main temple where people seek blessings. It is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The temple is believed to be present here since Vedic times. According to legends, Adi Shankaracharya established it here during the 8th century. The structure of the temple was built over three centuries ago by the Garhwal kings. It stands five metres high and is built like a cone with a small cupola of gilt bull.

The temple contains three sections; a Garbha Griha or the sanctum sanctorum where the main deity rests, a Darshan Mandap for puja and a Sabha Mandap for devotees to gather. In all there are 15 idols in the complex, all made in black stone. These consist of idols of Lakshmi, Vishnu's wife, Garuda, Lord Shiva, his wife Parvati and and son Ganesh. The idol of Lord Vishnu present here is sitting with crossed legs in a meditative posture while his hands are folded.

The temple remains closed in winters because the entire area is covered in snow and opens only in summers (April or May). The temple has been damaged many times due to avalanches and has been renovated time and again.

Panch Badri
The main temple of Badrinath along with four other temples or Badris forms Panch Badri. The temples of these other badris are located within few kilometres of the temple of Badrinath. Yog Dhyan Badri is located 24 kms from Panch Badri at Padukashwar. Pandavas handed over their empire to King Parikshit here before retiring.

The second Badri is the Bhavishtya Badri at Subain near Tapovan. Bhavishya Badri means future badri. It is believed that a time will come when the present route to Badrinath will become inaccessible and then Bhavishya Badri will be worshipped instead.

Adi Badri is the remains of 16 temples; it can be reached from Karnprayag. And lastly Vriddha Badri, situated 7 kms from Joshimath, is believed to be here several years before the existence of Adi Shankarcharya.

Tapt Kund
These are the natural thermal springs on the bank of Alaknanda River where pilgrims refresh before visiting the temple. Believed to be infused with medicinal properties, Tapt Kund is also considered to be a holy experience.

Brahma Kapal
This is a flat platform on the bank of river Ganga where devotees perform rites of their deceased ancestors.

Sheshnaga is a legendary character in the Hindu mythological epics and tales of Lord Krishna. The place has a boulder on which an impression is believed to be of the eye of this mighty serpent, netra in Hindi means eye. Hence, this place is named 'Sheshnetra'

These are the snow capped mountains shaped like pyramids, which form the beautiful background to the temple of Badrinath.

The Valley of Flowers
It is a 19 km. trek from Govindghat and lies is on the main route to Badrinath. The Valley has been declared as National Park.

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