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Badrinath, Uttaranchal, India

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BADRINATH FACTS & FIGURES

Location: Uttaranchal, India
Best time to Visit: Throughout the year
Significance : Badrikashram the Personality of Godhead (Vishnu), Nilkantha Mountain.

Badrinath is a Hindu holy town and a nagar panchayat in Chamoli district in the state of Uttaranchal, India. Badrinath is on a small plateau between Narayana Parbat and the Alakananda River. Badrinath is the most important of the four sites in India's Char Dham pilgrimage. Badrinath is in the Garhwal hills, on the banks of the Alaknanda River, at an elevation of 3133 m. The Nara and Narayana peaks tower over Badrinath. The fantastic Nilkantha Mountain is 6,560m. Badrinath is located 301km north of Rishikesh.
Badri refers to a berry that was said to grow abundantly in the area, and nath refers to Vishnu. Badri is the Sanskrit name for the Indian Jujube tree[3], which has an edible berry. Some scriptural references also refer to Jujube trees being abundant in Badrinath. Legend has it that Goddess Lakshmi took the form of the berries to protect Lord Vishnu from the harsh climate during his long penance.

The Past

One legend has it that when the goddess Ganga was requested to descend to earth to help suffering humanity, the earth was unable to withstand the force of her descent. Therefore the mighty Ganga was split into twelve holy channels, with Alaknanda one of them. It later became the abode of Lord Vishnu or Badrinath.
According to the Skanda Purana: “There are several sacred shrines in heaven, on earth, and in hell; but there is no shrine like Badrinath.”

Prominent Pilgrimage Attractions of Badrinath

Lingaraj Temple

The 10th- or 11th-century Lingaraja temple of Bhubaneswar has been described as "the truest fusion of dream and reality." A rare masterpiece, the Lingaraja temple has been rated one of the finest examples of purely Hindu temple in India by Ferguson, the noted art critic and historian. Every inch of the surface of the 55 m-high Lingaraja temple is covered with elaborate carvings. Sculpture and architecture fused elegantly to create a perfect harmony. Devout pilgrims, who wish to go to the Jagannath temple at Puri, must first offer worship at the Lingaraja temple.

Dhauli Giri

Just 8 km away from Bhubaneswar looking down on the plains that bore witness to the gruesome war waged on Kalinga by the Mauryan emperor Ashoka, stand the rock edicts of Dhauli. It was here that King Ashoka, full of remorse after the Kalinga War in 261 BC, renounced his blood-thirsty campaign and turned to Buddhism. Ashoka erected two main edicts in Kalinga, one in Dhauli and the other in Jayagarh.

Sisupalgarh

Sisupalgarh was extensively renovated and beautified by Kharvel at a cost of 35 hundred thousand silver pieces, the rock cut art of Khandagiri contains a small site plan of the ancient city which reveals meticulous planning and attention to detail.

Atri

The Atri hot sulphur spring is believed to have medicinal properties and has become a popular outing spot for vacationers. The drive from Bhuhaneswar (42 km) alone is worth the trip. The countryside is gorgeous. Atri is also famous for its temple dedicated to Lord Hatakeswar. A famous fare (Makar Mela) is organised every year . It is in close vicinity to Khorda town and a famous shrine.

Hirapur

The Yogini shrine at Hirapur (dated 7th century BC) is important for its architectural variation from the main Oriya architectural genre. The temple is open to the sky (hypaethral). There are only four temples of this kind in India and two of them are in Orissa (the other one is at Ranipur-Jharial). Yogini Goddesses were worshipped in the hope of acquiring supernatural powers. It is 20 km from Bhubaneswar.

How to Reach Badrinath

Air : The nearest airport is the Jolly Grant Airport near Dehradun, about 317 km from Badrinath.

Rail : The nearest railway stations to Badrinath are at Rishikesh and Kotdwar, which are at a distance of 297 km and 327 km respectively.

Road : Well connected to Rishikesh, Haridwar, Dehradun, Kotdwar and other hill stations of Garhwal and Kumaon region.

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