In the month of May, my family and I visited the Badrinath/Badrinarayana Temple, in the town of Badrinath in Uttarakhand, India.
It was a freezing morning. We decided to walk to Badrinath temple as our hotel was nearby. When we reached the footsteps of the Badrinath temple, it started raining heavily.
There are many small stalls around the temple. We all decided to have some snacks and piping hot tea. From the stall’s window, we could see the beautiful Red Badrinath temple.
We chose to go in May, because, the Badrinath temple is open only for six months every year. The temple is available for worshippers between the end of April and the beginning of November. This is because of extreme weather conditions in the Himalayan region of Uttarakhand.
When the rain stopped, we went to the temple. Once you enter the temple, the serene beauty surrounding it will make you feel at bliss!!!
Facts and Stories related to the Badrinath temple
The Badrinath temple is one of the 108 Divya Desams, the holy shrines for Vaishnavas.
Vishnu Purana and Skanda Purana are ancient religious texts that mention the greatness of the Badrinath temple.
Naalayira Divya Prabandham, an early medieval Tamil canon of the Alvar saints from the 6th–9th centuries CE, also tells us about the glories of this beautiful Badrinath temple.
As per the stories, passed down from generations state that:
Once, Lord Vishnu sat in meditation. During his meditation, Lord Vishnu became unaware of the cold weather and his surroundings.
When his consort, Goddess Lakshmi, saw this, she tried to protect him by taking the form of the Badri tree. As the Badri tree, she provided shelter and protection to the meditating Lord Vishnu.
When Lord Vishnu opened his eyes after meditating for an extended period of time, he was pleased by the devotion of Goddess Lakshmi. So this place was named Badrika Ashrama by Lord Vishnu.
You too visit this serene Badrinath temple, and experience nature, peace and spiritual awakening.
!!!!! Jai Badri Vishal !!!!!