The Badrinath shrine is the most revered pilgrimage destination for the pilgrims in all over the India.It is one of the four pilgrimage places called Char dham which every Hindu must undertake to attain salvation.It is the source of divinity for devotees. Badrinath occupies a place in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand in northern India. it is situated on the bank of Alaknanda River in the lap at the Narain Parvat, near a hot water spring-the Tapta Kund.This city stands at an elevation of 3,133 above the sea level.
Mythology The holy Badrinath shrine is dedicated to the Lord Vishnu, considered to be the preserver of the universe in the Hindu mythology. The idol of Lord Vishnu (Badri Nath) is made of black stone (Shaligram) and seated in a Padmasan Posture.
The temple is divided into three parts. The garbh griha in which the idol of Lord Badrinath is seated in the inner part of this place and canopy covered with gold sheet. Second part is known as Darshan Mandap in which puja ceremonies are performed. Third part is the Sabha Mandap, which is an outer hall, where devotees wait for darshan of Lord Badrinath. Darshan of Lord Badrinath is available in Sabha Mandap at 6:30 A.M. to 13:00 Noon and 4:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. The chanting of Vedic Hymns together with the chiming of bells creates a heavenly atmosphere in the temple. Pilgrims can join the puja ceremony after a dip in the Tapta Kund. Some of the morning pujas are - Mahabhishek, Adhishek, Gitapath and Bhagwat Path, while the evening pujas are Geet Govind and Aarti.