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   One  of   the  four   Dhams     founded   by   Adi   Guru Shankaracharya    in    8th     centuary,     Badrinath   is situated    between   Nar   and   Narain    peaks     with glittering   Neelkanth   in  the   background   and   wild berries     (Badri)    around.    It  is   said    that    during Ashoka’s  regime,  Hindu temples were converted into Budha  temples  and  the idol of Lord   Badrinath  and other  Gods  were   thrown    into  nearby    not    easily accessible   Narad   Kund  on  the   bank   of   roaring Alakhnanda.    Shankaracharya   retrieved   the   black granite    stone       idol     from     Narad     Kund     and re-enshrined  it.    The   temple   is   entered    through colorful   main   gate  and   divided   into   two  parts. Mandapam  is   used  by    visitors   and   Garbhagriha houses   the   Lord  and    priests.  The    canopy    of Garbhagriha  is   covered  by    the   gold   offered    by Queen  of  Gwalior,  Ahilyabai Holkar.  The  temple  is administered by  Badrinath  and  Kedarnath  Temple Committee.  The  chief  priest  is known as Rawal who must  be a  Namboodari Brahmin  from Kerala. 

He  is   assisted  by      Bhatt     Brahmins   of    down     town Devprayag.   The priest and  pandas  are  well  versed  with     Vedas,    Geeta,     Geet      Govind     and    other   scriptures.  Pujas  called  Maha    Abhishek,   Abhishek,   Srinagar   and   Artis   are   offered  in   the   morning     and   evening    with chanting    of     Vedic    hymns    and     reciting    of    Subh   Prabhatam,       Geeta        and     Geet  Govind. Opening   and    closing   dates   are   decided   by    the  Temple    Committee   in   consultation     with    Rawal ,  Pundits   and  astrologers.  The  temple  is  opened  and closed with  certain ceremonies. On closing ceremony a  woolen Choli  spun  and  woven by   the  unmarried  girls  of  Mana   village  is  offered   to  Lord  to   protect  him  from chilly winter. An  Akhand  Jyoti  is  lit  which keeps on burning  till  opening  day  and  it’s  sight  is considered    auspicious.   During    winter  pujas  are offered at down town Joshimath.


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Opening Mid May
Closing Mid Nov
Timing morning 0430 to 1300 hrs
Timing evening 1600 to 2100 hrs
Height 3581 Mts
Rishikesh 296 Km
Ph Temple Committee 01384-222204/05/06
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Timings Height Opening Date Closing Date
   
   
   

 

Morning  -     04030 -  1300 Hrs

Evening  -     1600   -  2100 Hrs

 

3133 Mt First/Second Week of May Mid November