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All days of the week
4:00 AM - 12:00 PM
3:00 PM - 9:00 PM

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Badrinath, Chamoli, Uttarakhand, India
entry fee
free entry
All days of the week
4:00 AM - 12:00 PM
3:00 PM - 9:00 PM
visit duration
1 to 2 hours

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about shri badrinath temple

Established by Adi Guru Shakaracharya, Badrinath Temple is one of the Char Dham and Chhota Char Dham pilgrimage sites. The Badrinath Temple is also one of the 108 Divya Desam dedicated to Lord Vishnu. This acncient holy shrine lies on the banks of the Alaknanda river, with the two mountains Nar and Narayan providing a picturesque background.


It is said that Lord Vishnu came to the Himalayas to meditate. Since it was very cold here, Goddess Laxmi took the form of a Badri (Jujubi tree) and shielded him from the cold. Soon there was a forest of Badri trees around him. Vishnu pleased by his wife's devotion, named the place Badrika Ashram. This marked the spot for the Badrinath Temple where the main deity Badrinath (an incarnation of Vishnu) is shown meditating in Padmasana postion.


There is no concrete historical record of the temple, but it gets mentioned in a number of ancient religious texts. Lord Badrinath also gets a mention in the Vedic scriptures which signifies the antiquity of the temple. The temple is believed to have been built in the 9th century by Shankaracharya after he discovered the image of Lord Badrinath in the Alaknanda river. Initially the idol was kept in a cave but was later shifted to the present temple by the King of Garhwal. The temple went through a number of renovations due to damages incurred during avalanches.

The Pilgrimage

The temple is considered one of the holiest Char Dham in India. The other three dhams are the Jagannath Temple in Puri (Orissa), Ramanathaswamy Temple in Rameshwaram (Tamil Nadu) and Dwarkadheesh Mandir in Dwarka (Gujarat). Every Hindu is expected to visit these four pilgrimage sites atleast onece in their lifetime. The journey usually begins at the eastern dham i.e. the Jagannath temple in Puri and commences in a clockwise direction. Badrinath is also one of the five Vishnu shrines that make up the Panch Kedar.


The main entrance known as the Singh Dwar is quite colourfully decorated with a huge brass bell right in the centre. A number of steps takes one upto the gate and further inside the temple. The Garbha Griha is where the idol of Badrinath rests. In front of it is the mandapam where the pilgrims gather for darshan. The temple is made up of stones and has arched windows. The roof is made with gilted gold. The overall architecture resembles closely to a Buddhist temple.


The main deity is the idol of Lord Badrinath sculpted in black stone. The idol is around a meter high and sits in a meditative posture. He is flanked by Nar and Narayan on his right, and Kuber and Narad on his left. There are 10 other idols in the temple complex dedicated to Hanuman, Ganesh, Uddhava, Laxmi, Garuda, and Ghantakaran.

Rituals and Festivals

Ma Murti ka Mela is the biggest festival held here, that commemorates the descent of Ganga on Earth. The fair is dedicated to the mother of Badrinath who had divided Ganga into 12 rivers for the well being of earthlings. The Badri Kedar festival is an annual 8-day festival that is heald in June in both Badrinath and Kedarnath Temple. Artists from all over the country perform during this event.

Even though this temple is located in Northern India, the head priest is usually a Namboodri Brahmin from Kerala . All the morning and evening rituals are performed with Vedic chanting. Unlike many other temple, every ritual is done in front of the pilgrims. Post the evening arti, the idol of Badrinath is covered with sandalwood paste. This holy paste is given to the devotees as prasad during darshan. This temple is also one of the five Punyakshetras (holy places) where Hindus offer Shraddhakarma (oblations) to their ancestors. 

Opening days

The Temple remains closed during the winter months due to the extreme weather conditions. The Badrinath priests perform the daily rituals on the Utsava Murti at the Narasimha temple in Joshimath. Before closing the Badrinath Temple for the winters, the head priest lights an oil lamp and locks up the temple. A common belief is that during this time Narad Muni continues with the daily rituals, because when the temple is again reopened after months, the lamp is still lit.

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Nithin M
Nithin M
Please mention the information properly
Feb 24 2018
Note badrinath temple is not opened throughout the year, it's only opened for 6 months in a year, you please mention that first, your information is misleading, by seeing the temple timings in your site people will plan for a trip, finally they will ...... read more
Gitesh Wadhwa
Gitesh Wadhwa
religious place
Jun 25 2014
My experience is very good, it is very famous temple in india, its the center of attraction for the tourist. It is a good place for nature beauty, god love. It is surrounded by nature beauty. Must visited place for all the religious can g ...... read more