Badrinath Temple

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Badrinath Temple | PLACES NEARBY
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  • The Panch Shila: The Five blocks of stone within the temple vicinity are related to the five mythological beings after which each is named:
    • Narad Shila is the one on which Narad, the celestial sage, is believed to have meditated.
    • Narsingh Shila is the stone form of Narsingh in the Alaknanda, the part human-part lion incarnation of lord Vishnu, where Narsingh cooled off himself after the furious killing of the demon Hiranyakashyap.
    • Barah Shila is the black stone form of the Boar incarnation of lord Vishnu who remained in the form in the waters of Alaknanda.
    • Garur Shila is the stone block where Garur, the eagle carrier of Vishnu meditated and waited for his lord.
    • Markandey Shila lies deep inside the waters of Alaknanda where Markandey of Mathura meditated on insistence of Narad.
  • The Panch Dhara: The five different streams around the temple hold important religious significance as they are named as Prahlad Dhara, Kurma Dhara, Urvashi Dhara, Bhrigu Dhara and Indra Dhara.
  • Sesha Netra: Sesh Naag, the celestial serpent and the accompanied of lord Vishnu in all of his Incarnations, waited for the lord at the other bank of Alaknanda all the while when the lord meditated. Two depressions on the earth, which often remain filled with water, resembles and are believed to be the eyes (netra) of the waiting Sesha Naag.
  • Urvashi temple: When lord Vishnu was in deep meditation, Indra sent a number of celestial nymphs in order to distract the lord and showcase his material passions. The lord produced Urvashi, the beautiful most then the all sent by Indra, from his left thigh and asked Urvashi to escort all the nymphs back to Indra thus crushing the pride of Indra.
  • Charanpaduka: Deep foot impressions on a huge boulder, 2km from the Badrinath temple, are believed to be of lord Vishnu when he arrived on earth from Vaikunth, his celestial abode. The trek to Charanpaduka, literally meaning footsteps, is an interesting one through high altitude meadow, towering mountains enshrining numerous caves.
  • Nilkanth Peak: Neelkanth (6597m), the solitary rising snow peak in the backdrop of the temple is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful mountains in the entire Himalayas. Fore grounded by two separate mountains and back grounded by the deep blue sky, the mountains resembles very much like the map of India.
  • Vyas Gupha: A short trek from the upper catchments of Mana village takes to a couple of caves one of which is believed to be the place where highly learned sage Ved Vyasa narrated the great epic Mahabharata to his most scholarly disciple¬† Lord Ganesha.
  • Kesava Prayag: Excluded from the Panch Prayag (five holy confluences) of Uttarakhand for unknown reasons, the Kesava Prayag is the union of holy Saraswati which gushes its way from underneath Bhimpul down to the Alaknanda.
  • Saraswati River: Often termed as mythical and invisible, named after Saraswati the goddess of learning and creativity, the holy river is one of the seven which dispersed out of the coils of lord Shiva after he cushioned the flow of the heavenly Ganga. Saraswati emerges out of a glacier three km above Mana village.
  • Bhimpul: A massive stone bridge over the thundering Saraswati on a distance of few 100 meters from Mana village connects with the slopes of the Alaknanda valley. The singular stone piece is believed to be placed by the mighty Bhim, hence the name, in order to get the Pandavas accompanied by Draupadi to the pathway towards their venture to heaven through the Swargarohini Mountain.
  • Vasudhara Falls: A 5km trek from Mana village leads to the amazing Vasudhara falls which falls down from a 122 meter vertical cliff. The milky water shower of the falls appears as if pouring down from heaven when sighted standing from underneath.
  • Laxmivan: Further 4km ahead of Vasudhara falls, a sudden change in landscape leads to Laxmivan where the barren moraines give way to densely erected Bhojpatra (Birch) tress. It is said that goddess Laxmi meditated in this very scenic valley. Laxmivan is the entrance zone for the Alakapuri glacier.
  • Alakapuri Glacier: Described in the Puranas as the abode of the celestial being like Yaksha, Kinnar, Kuber and Gandharva, the Alakapuri glacier is a 3km trek from Laxmivan and is considered in the Hindu Mythology as the source of the infant Alakananda who emerges out from the womb of the glacier in five different streams.
  • Chakratirth: On the other side of Laxmivan, 9km further, the twin mountain of Nar and Narayan unite forming a splendid circular valley dissected by calm stream, hence the name (Chakra meaning circle and Tirth meaning a divine place). It was at Chakratirth where the legendary archer Arjun, one of the five Pandava brothers, meditated for lord Shiva and attained the immense Pashupathashtra, the arrow needed to overpower the furious archers at the Kauravas army like Gangaputra Bheeshm and Suryaputra Karna.
  • Satopanth Lake: Further 4km onwards from Chakratirth takes to an elevation of 4402 meters where nestles the triangular crystal clear Satopanth lake. According to the legends, all the three corners of the lake are seated by Brahma the creator, Vishnu the preserver and Shiva the destroyer of the Hindu theory of trinity.
  • Swargarohan Peak: Another mountain that finds its mention in the Puranas is the Swargarohan peak from where, it is believed, that the Pandavas ascended to heaven. The belief further asserts that the seven steps on the mountain mark the spots of the mortal remains of Bhim, Arjun, Nakul, Sahdev and Draupadi who couldn’t went through.