Badrinath – One of the Pivotal Pilgrim Places
By Smitakshi Guha
Located in the north Indian state of Uttarakhand, Badrinath is one of the pivotal pilgrim places of the country, and also the most popular place among the five other Badris, also known as Panch Badris—namely, Yogadhyan Badri, Bhavishya Badri, Bridha Badri or Old Badri and Adi Badri.
The Badrinath temple is devoted to Lord Vishnu, one of the most popular Hindu deities, and is wholeheartedly dedicated to humanity—focused on the welfare and development of mankind. As on today, Badrinath also happens to be one among the 108 holy shrines for the Vaishnavites, followers of Lord Vishnu.
Located on the beautiful and aesthetic mountain ranges of the Nilkantha peak, the Badrinath temple has a gold gilt roof and consists of a number of idols, the most popular among which is the statue of Lord Vishnu—referred to as Lord Badrinarayan, and is made up of black saligram stone, all under a canopy made of gold.
The temple also has a holy spring, known as the Tapt Kund, where many devotees take a dip to pay their tributes to the lord. In fact, it is also believed by majority that the water consists of various healing and medicinal properties.
The season for visiting the pilgrim spot lies only for six months every year, as during other half of the year, the weather conditions become extreme and implausible for people to bear.
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