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Badrinath Temple in Uttaranchal

Badrinath Temple The main temple where people seek blessings is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The temple is considered to be here since Vedic times. However according to the history, Adi Shankaracharya established it here in 8th century. The present structure of the temple was built three centuries ago by Garhwal kings. It is a five metre high complex built like a cone with a small cupola of gilt bull and spire.

The temple has three sections to it, a Garbha Griha or the sanctum sanctorium where the main deity rests, a Darshan Mandap for puja and a Sabha Mandap for devotees to assemble. In all there are 15 idols in the complex, all in black stone. These consist of idols of Lakshmi, Vishnu's wife, Garud, his mount and Lord Shiva, his wife Parvati and and son Ganesha. The idol of Lord Vishnu is sitting with crossed legs in a meditative posture, his hands folded.. Its often argued that it is an idol of Buddha, though Buddha is considered to be the ninth incarnation of Vishnu himself.

The temple remains closed in winters when the entrire area gets under snow cover and opens only in summers (sometime in April-May). The temple has been damaged many times due to avlanches and has been rennovated time and again. Presently its facade is quite modern and colourful, a Singh Dwar (main gate) adorns its entrance.

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Protected by two mountain ranges 'Nar' and 'Narayan' on either sides is the holiest of pilgrimage place of Hindus, Badrinath. With Neelkanth peak forming a beautiful backdrop, Badrinath, the abode of Lord Vishnu is in the itinerary of every devout Hindu. It is one of the four pilgrimage places called Chardham which every Hindu must undertake to attain salvation. The place is called Badrinath because of the wild berries found here ('badri' means berries). The Badrinath temple here is the main complex where devotees seek blessings. Every year thousands and thousands of pilgrims pay a visit to this place in summers, since due to snowfalls, the temple remains closed during winters. At an altitude of 3,133 metres, it is a difficult journey to this place yet faith defies every hurdle on the journey to salvation. The temple stands facing River Alaknanda on its banks. Facing the temple near the river is Tapt Kund, a thermal spring where people refresh before going to the temple.
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