The ashram of Vishnu in the mortal world, every year in the month of may, lord himself come to earth for the good of mankind, the magnificent temple situated between the Nar and Narayan mountains ,with the banks of Alaknanda river at the height of nearly ten thousand meters , a black stone statue of is worshiped as meditating lord. In Sanskrit it is called as Badri dham, badri for the wife of Vishnu Bhagwan who according to the legend gave shadow to the meditating lord as in the form of berry tree (badri).
When Buddhism became the dominant religion in India, the idol of Badrinath was thrown into the Narad kund. Adi Sankracharya retrieved it and re-installed the deity for worship. He appointed a namboodri Brahmin from Kerala as Rawal at Badrinath, which traditionally still continues. A group of idols in temple, which include Ganesh, lakshmi, Nar, Narayan, kuber, udhav, Garud and Narad, form the 'badrish panchayat'. Ghanta karn is also worshiped here. Just past the Singha dwar of the temple is an image of Garud, the lord's vehicle. Traditionally the yatra to kedarnath is undertaken before coming to Badrinath. For the devotee who has been unable to do this, the temple of Adi kedareshwar nearby is to be visited first. Devotees offer pind daan for their ancestors at the holy Braham kapal tirth, just outside the gate of the temple, after which, it is believed, no other sharadh is necessary. Facing the temple, by the banks of the Alaknanda, is a hot water spring known as Taptkund, a bath in it is holy.
Nearby in Badrinath there is Joshimath is the seat of Adi Sankracharya. It has a temple of Narshingha as well. Nearby is the Sankracharya cave, where Sankracharya is believed to have attained his jyotirdarshan or enlightenment. Hence it was called jyotirpith, and later came to be known as Joshimath, Pandukeshwar the winter seat of Badrinath.
Day 01: Delhi - Haridwar (230 kms/6hrs)
Reaching Delhi Railway Station, drive to Haridwar, enroute lunch. Boarding your Hotel. Visit Har-ki-Pauri for Ganga Aarti in evening. Back to your hotel, Dinner and Night stay. Day 02: Haridwar - Rudraprayag (165kms/6hr) Morning visit Haridwar Local Sight Seeing, later drive to Rudraprayag enroute visit Devprayag.Reaching Rudraprayag, Check in Hotel night stay.
Day 03: Rudraprayag - Badrinath (165kms/7hr)
The ashram of Vishnu in the mortal world, every year in the month of may, lord Badrinath himself come to earth for the good of mankind, the magnificent temple of Badrinath situated between the Nar and Narayan mountains, with the banks of Alaknanda river at the height of nearly ten thousand meters, a black stone statue of is worshiped as meditating lord. In Sanskrit it is called as Badridham, badri for the wife of Vishnu Bhagwan who according to the legend gave shadow to the meditating lord as in the form of berry tree (badri). Drive to Badrinath via Joshimath. Check in Hotel. Later at evening visit Badrinath Temple for Aarti and night stay.
Day 04: Badrinath - Rudraprayag (165kms/7hr)
Early morning, pilgrims after having a bath in the Taptkund have the Darshan of Badrivishal. Brahamakamal is significant for Pind daan the ultimate Sharadh of ancestors (Pitrus). There is other interesting sight seeing spot like Mana village, Vyas Gufa, Ganesh Gufa, Maatamoorti, Charanpaduka, Bhimpul and the "Mukh" of the Saraswati River. Just within the 3 kms of Badrinath. Later drive back to Joshimath. Check in Hotel. Night stay at Joshimath.
Day 05: Rudraprayag - Rishikesh (144kms/6hr)
Morning after breakfast. Drive back to Rishikesh. Check in Hotel. Overnight stay. visit Rishikesh Local Sight Seeing (Ram Jhulla, Laxman Jhulla, Triveni Ghat, Parmarth Niketan, Shivananda and Gita Kutir). After Lunch, drive to Haridwar. Check in Hotel.
Day 06: Rishikesh- Delhi (230kms/6hr)
After Breakfast, departure to Delhi. On reaching Delhi, Drop at Railway Station/Airport .