Located at an elevation of 3,300 metres above sea level in Chamoli district, Badrinath is a part of the all India char dham yatra covering all the four corners of the subcontinent as well as the pious Chota Chardham Yatra which takes place in Uttarakhand. Dedicated to Lord Vishnu and sitting on the banks of river Alaknanda, Badrinath attracts a throng of Hindu pilgrims and devotees from across the globe who aims at cleansing their souls. Reestablished during the 7th century by philosopher and Saint Adi Shankaracharya the vibrant and colourful temple stands majestically against the stark backdrop of the mighty snow-clad twin peaks of Nar Narayan Mountain. Apart from being considered extremely holy for Hindus Badri Vishal is also extremely holy in Jain communities as well. Walking along the gushing river water amongst the white snow and engulfing yourself in deep spirituality is what makes a Chota Chardham Yatra to Badrinath worthwhile.
[Badrinath Temple was opened for darshan on 30th April at 4:30 am. the closing date for the dham has been decided to be on 9th October 2018.]
Badrinath Opening Dates:
Badrinath remains closed for darshan during the prime winter months when the route is laden with snow making the temple inaccessible and the journey impossible to cover. During these winter months the presiding deity is moved to the nearby temple of Pandukeshwar which is the winter home of Lord Vishnu. Badrinath opens its doors during the eve of Akshaya Tritiya which falls between the months of April and May after a grand procession and shuts down for darshan on the day of Vijayadashami which falls between the months of October and November. This year the temple opened its doors for darshan on 30th April at 4:30 in the morning. This date was announced by Maharaja Manujendra Shah of Narendra Nagar after the customary Ganesh Puja followed by other traditional offerings. The opening of the temple was met with a large crowd of devout Hindus who seek to mark this auspicious day with a holy darshan of the Lord.
Best Time to Visit Badrinath Dham:
Summer months in Badrinath sets in from May and lasts till June. During these months the climate remains cold yet pleasing with the temperatures ranging between 7 degree Celsius and 18 degree Celsius. This season is considered to be the ideal time to go on a spiritual journey and even opt for some sightseeing around the area. Keep in mind that even though the days are pleasant, the nights here are chilling cold, so carry fleece sweaters, woolen clothes, down jackets, mufflers, caps, sun block and glares. The remaining winter months makes the journey to this holy dham inaccessible due to the thick covering of snow.
Badrinath Travel Tips:
- Be sure to carry small packets of dry fruits and energy bars which will help you keep going throughout the yatra.
- Remember to actively avoid dehydration by drinking electrolyte and liquids.
- Wear comfortable trekking gear and carry appropriate accessories like hiking stick and boots which will help you in completing the journey smoothly.
- Be sure to get yourself checked up 3 months prior to kick-starting the journey and confirming the fact that you are fit for covering the journey.
- Individuals with high blood pressure, heart diseases pr any other physical ailments are advised against this holy pilgrimage.
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