• The kapat of Shri Badrinath Temple will open on 10th May 2019 at 04:15 AM & Shri Kedarnath Temples will open on 9th May 2019 at 5:35 AM.

Temples Attached to Shri Badarinath Temple

(These temples are as ancient as the main BADARI-KEDAR temples and have their religious significance.)

1. Shri Shankaracharya Temple :
Shri Shankaracharya Temple is situated in between the stairs of Badarinath Temple, and on the way to Tapt Kund. An idol of Adiguru Shankaracharya is placed there in the temple. Daily Bhog and Puja are performed here by the Temple Authority. Adiguru Shankaracharya is considered to be the reincarnation of Lord Shiva. In order to resurrect the Sanatan Dharma, he took birth at a village named Kaladi in Kerala. His father was Shivguru and mother was Aryambva . They named him Shankar. At an early age of 12 years he reached Himalayas and explored Badarikaashram. He recovered Lord Narayan's Idol from the Naradkund and shifted it to the present temple. Hence an Idol of Shankaracharya at this place.

2. Adi Kedareshwar Temple :
Adi Kedareshwar Temple is situated at Govind Shila, above Tapt Kund and on the way to Shri Badarinath Temple. The importance of this temple is written in Skand Puran. In the month of Shravan special pujas are conducted here. The temple is dedicated to Lord Kedareshwar. It is believed if a devotee is not able to perform darshans at Shri Kedarnath Temple, he can perform darshans at Adi Kedareshwar Temple here and shall be blessed with equal benefits as those acquired at Shri Kedarnathji. According to the Hindu mythology, Lord Narayan was so fascinated with this place that he decided to do his penance here. But the place belonged to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. So he approached them in the form of child and sought their permission for doing penance. Hence Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati shifted themselves to the back of the Narayan mountain, which place is now known as Kedarnath. Since Lord Shankar was living here previously the vacated place is known as Adi Kedareshwar.

3. Shri Vallabhacharya Temple :
This temple is situated at the backside of the Adi Kedareshwar Temple at Badarinath. The devotees of Vallabh community perform special Pujas here. Out of 108 Gaddis (Temples) of Vallabh community in India, this is the 77th one. It is believed that all the prominent saints like Ramnujacharya, Shankaracharya, Vallabhacharya came to Badarinath for doing their penance.

4. Tapt Kund, Badarinath :
This hot water reservoir is situated at Markandeya rock. It is a natural Thermal Springs on the bank of River Alaknanda. It is customary to bathe before entering the Badarinath Temple. The water of the kund is believed to have medicinal properties. It is an experienced fact that after the holy bath, one's body is reinforced against blowing cold winds and the icy waters of the River Alaknanda. The hot water springs emerge from beneath the Garud Shila and collect into the stone and cement tanks meant for bathing.

5. Brahma Kapal :
Is famous as the Kapal Mochan Tirth. After offering Pind Dan here, the spirits of the dead are eternally enshrined in heaven. It is said that when Shiva chopped off the fifth head of Brahma, it got stuck to his trident. Ultimately with the blessings of Lord Vishnu at Badarivan, the head of Brahma fell down from the trident at this place. Hence Brahma Kapal, the head of Brahma, the creator. Pind Dan here is believed to liberate or emancipate all the wandering spirits in one's family, as also himself in case his descendents were unable to perform his last rites.

6. Mata Murti Temple, Mana, Badarinath :
On the right bank of River Alaknanda opposite the last Indian border village Mana is a small temple of Mata Murti dedicated to the mother of Shri Badarinathji. Once a year, on the day of Vaman Dwadashi, the Narayan pays a visit to Mata Murti. The Rawal (the head priest) of Badarinathji performs puja here and the residents of Mana village organize a festival of prayers, havan and bhog. Belief is that Mata Murti has the powers of granting sincere wishes or Vairagya to those who faithfully meditate here for some days.

7. List of Devsthals present at he Parikrama of Badarinath Temple :

a) Garudji:
Idol of Garud, the vahan of Lord Vishnu is there at the Singh Dwar of Badarinath Temple. Here at Badarikaashram Garudji observed penance in praise of Lord Vishnu for 30,000 years. Appeased the Lord Vishnu appointd him as his Vahan. According to Hindu mythology it is essential for a devotee to visit Garudji's temple before visiting Badarinathji.

b) Shri Hanumanji :
A huge Dakshin Mukhi (south facing) Idol of Hanuman is placed at the Parikrama of Badarinath temple. It is believed that after visiting the temple devotees receive Sarva Saubhagya, all round good luck. This dakshin mukhi Idol is rare.

c) Shri Ganpati :
Situated at the Parikrama of Badarinath Temple, the idol is considered a unique evil destroyer. Every year after the winter when Shri Badarinath Temple is opened, first of all the puja of Shri Ganeshji is performed. All the other pujas are performed after that according to mythology, once upon a time the Devtaas organized a Dharma Sabha, conclave of all the gods. But a question arose in the gathering that who would entitle to be the leader. So each one of them started praising himself of having the sole quality of the leader. At this critical juncture Lord Shiva ordained, “The person who will take seven rounds of the earth first will be the leader.” All the Devtaas rushed to perform the parikrama on their chosen vahans (vehicles), but Lord Ganesha stood there only. He took seven rounds (parikrama) of his parents on his vahan Mushak (the mouse). When all other devtaas returned, they requested the Lord Shiva to announce the winner. Then so spoke the Lord, “Ganesha completed the parikrama first of all, because the earth is considered the mother and as he did the rounds of his mother along with his father, so Ganeshji is the leader of all Devtaas.” Since then every holy performance or ceremony is preceded by Ganesh puja.

d) Shri Mahalaxmi Temple :
This temple is situated on the south, inside Badarinath temple parikrama. Puja is performed regularly here. It is the second main temple inside Parikrama. It is believed that when Lord Nar and Narayan were doing the most difficult penance to save the mankind from the evil Rakshasas, Laxmi got perturbed, and as she could not come near Narayan during penance, took the form of a tree called “Badari” to give him Shade. Thus Goddess Laxmi sheltered Lord Vishnu from the vagaries of the nature.

e) Shri Shankaracharya Gaddi :
It is situated at the parikrama sthal. Idol of Sankaracharya and his four main pupils are represented there. Adi guru Shankaracharya established four Dhams and four Maths in the four directions of India. Badarikaashram dham's main gaddi sthal is Jyotirmath, now known as Joshimath. During winter when kapats of Badarinath Temple are closed the gaddi of Badarinathji is placed at Narsimh temple, Joshimath. On the opening of kapats the Gaddi is moved to Badarinath on the right side of the river Alaknanda. Devotees found themselves very lucky by performing Darshans here.

f) Dharamshila :
Devotees perform Gaudan here. According to Hindu mythology when a person dies he has to travel from this lok to parlok. In doing so he has to cross Vaitarni River by performing Gaudan, which is essential for getting Moksha. Hence after performing pind daan at Brahma Kapal, devotees perform Gaudan at Dharmashila and receive blessings.

g) Charnamrit :
When idols of Lord Badarinath and other deities are bathed by Rawal with Milk, Chandan, Curd, Kesar etc. the outflow is known as Charnamrit. h) Ghantakarn : Is situated at the north of Parikrama Sthal. Ghantakarn is said to be Kshetra pal (Guard) of Badarinath Temple.

i) Yagya Kund :
Yagya for the Lord Badarinath is performed here.

8. Yog Dhyan Badari :
The temple of Yog Dhyan Badari, one of the five Badaris, is situated at Pandukeshwar, 24 km short of Badarinath. It is located at an altitude of 1929 m. Named after the Pandava king; the sanctum has the image of the Lord in a meditative posture. The region surrounding the temple was known as Panchaldesh. It is the place where Pandu believed to have married Kunti. According to myth, Pandavas handed over Hastinapur to king Parikshit and retired here.

9. Bhavishya Badari :
The temple of Bhavishya Badari is at an altitude of 2744 m. and is surrounded by dense forests. Located at Subhain near Tapovan about 17 km east of Joshimath on Joshimath - Lata Malari route, pilgrims have to trek beyond Tapovan. Tapovan has sulphurous hot springs. The idol of Lord Badari is emerging here by itself. It is believed that when Kaliyug will be on its pinacle the mountains Jai and Vijay at Patmila near Vishnuprayag will collapse, so making the present shrine of Badarinath inaccessible and Lord Badarinath will be worshipped here. Thus the name Bhavishya Badari, which literally means the Badari of the future. Bhavishya Badari is popular even now, enshrined here is a lion headed image of Narsimh.

10. Narsinh Temple, Joshimath :
Is located at Joshimath. The statue of Narsimh Bhagwan is carved out of a shaligram is an exquisite work of art. It is generally believed that one arm of the statue is becoming thinner and thinner and ultimately in the last stage of Kaliyug this arm will breakdown. Pujas are performed here throughout the year, especially during the period when Badarinath temple is closed due to the heavy snowfall, so Shri Badarinath puja is also performed here.

11. Shri Rajrajeshwai temple :
Is situated near the Narsinh temple. The Idol is believed to be of Shankaracharya.

12. Vasudev Temple, Nav Durga and Devsthals situated at Parikrama :
At Joshimath a huge idol of Lord Vasudev is worshipped. Pujas are performed throughout the year. At the right side of Vasudev temple's Parikrama the statue of Lord Ganesh is placed. At the parikrama sthal the images of Nav Durga, Lord Shiva, Parwati and Garud(vahan of Vishnu) is placed.

13. Shri Mahadev Temple, Joshimath :
This temple is situated under the Akshayavat tree . At this place Shankaracharya perform darshans of Jyoti Swaroop.

14. Shri Bhakt Vatsal temple, Joshimath :
This temple is situated at Joshimath. Pilgrims performs darshans here for fulfilling their desires.

15. Narayan temple, Vishnuprayag :
Is situated at one of the five Prayags, Vishnuprayag. An ancient temple of lord Vishnu is situated at the confluence of River Alaknanda and Dhauliganga. This temple stands here next to a pool called Vishnukund.

16. Sita Mai temple, Chai :
Is believed that Lord Rama performed yagya here after his Rajyabhisekh. It is located at the back side of Karnali River.

17. Vridh Badari, Animath :
The temple of Vridh (old) Badari is located at Animath, 7 kms from Joshimath in the direction of Pipalkoti. Before Badarinath was designated one of the four Dhams, the idol of Badarinath was worshipped here. It is said that at the advent of kaliyug, Vishnu choose to remove himself from the temple. The image of Lord Vishnu was found by Shankaracharya at Naradkund and restored, though part of its remains damage. A very huge Banyan tree shelters the temple. Legend has it that the lord Vishnu disguised as Vridha person played with Ganeshji during period of his childhood.

18. Dhyan Badari, Urgam :
The temple of Kalpeshwar lord Shiva is situated here. It is one among the five kedars and this place is known as Dhyan Badari.

19. Narsinh temple, Pakhi :
An ancient temple of Lord Narsinh is there at Pakhi (Garud Ganga).

20. Narsinh temple, Darmi :
Is located near the PatalGanga river at Darmi. There is an ancient idol of Lord Narsinh.

21. Laxmi Narayan temple, Nandprayag :
This ancient temple is situated at Nandprayag, one of the five prayags.

22. Laxmi Narayan temple, Kulsari :
Is located at kulsari (Karanprayag-Gwaldam road). The temple is very ancient.

23. Laxmi Narayan temple, Dwarahat :
Is located at Dwarahat in Kumaon region.

24. Laxmi Narayan temple, Garhsir :
Is situated in Almora Distt. in Kumaon region.

25. Laxmi Narayan temple, Bayala :
Is also situated in Almora Distt. in Kumaon region.

26. Panch Shilas Of Badarinath :
It includes Garud shila, Nar shila, Narsinh shila, Varah shila and Markandeya shila. These shilas are situated around the Tapt kund in the form of five blocks. Standing between Tapt kund and Narad kund is conical formed Narad Shila. It is said that the sage Narad meditated on this rock for several years. Standing in the waters of Alaknanda just below the Narad Shila is a huge stone looking like a Lion with its gaping jaws and hooked claws. It is said that after killing Hiranyakashyap He remained in the shape of stone forever. Near the Naradkund the Barah shila has the shape of boar. Barah is believed to be an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. At The Garud shila near the taptkund had Garudji fasted and meditated on this stone. Markanday on the advice of Narad left Mathura to meditate here in Badarivan and attain ultimate peace. Markendeya shila is the stone on which the sage meditated.

27. Vasudhara :
As the name suggests, Vasudhara is a magnificent waterfall. This place is Five km from Badarinath out of which 2 km is motorable upto Mana.

28. Panch Dhara :
The panch dhara (Five Streams) which are famous in Badaripuri are Prahlad, Karma, Bhrigu, Urwashi and indradhara. The most striking of these is the Indradhara, about 1.5 km north of town Badaripui. Bhrigudhara flows past a number of caves. The one on the right of river Rishiganga originally from the Neelkanth range is Urvashidhara. Karma dhara water is extremely cold whereas Prahlad dhara has luke warm water.

29. Dharamshila :
Dharamshila is situated at the south part of Garbh Graha in Badarinath temple. Puja of Kamadhenu cow is performed here

30. Rahu Temple: 
Rahu temple is situated at Thalisan block at Pauri Garhwal district. Idols of Lord Rahu & Shiv are manifested here. 

31. Binsar Temple:
Binsar temple is situated at Paithani in Thalisan block of Pauriu Garhwal district. Idols of Lord Vishnu & Shiv are mainfested here.

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