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The Abode Of Lord Vishnu
Cradled in the twin mountain ranges of Nar and Narayan is the holiest of the four main shrines, Badrinath along the left bank river Alaknanda. With the splendid Neelkanth mountains as the backdrop, it is an important destination on the scared itinerary of every devour Hindu. Once the spot was carpeted with ‘badris’ or wild berries and hence was famous as ‘Badri Van’.

Badrinath is considered the holiest of the four important shrines in Garhwal. The town is at an altitude of 3,133 m. above sea level, situated on the left bank of river Alaknanda and exactly between the two mountains Nara and Narayan. The shrine is dedicated to Vishnu, the preserver and falls in the religious itinerary of every devout Hindu.

The present temple was built about two centuries ago by Garhwal Kings. It is a conical structure, 15 m. tall and has small cupola of a gilt bull and spire. There are 15 idols in the temple complex, each sculpted in black stone. The principal idol represents Vishnu in a meditative posture and is flanked by Nara-Narayan. Legend dates it prior to the Vedic age though it is believed to have been re-established by Adi Shankaracharya, an important Hindu saint in 8th century A.D. Some of the other images include Laxmi (Vishnu’s consort), Garud (Vishnu’s mount), Shiva & Parvati and Ganesha.

The temple has been renovated several times due to damages by avalanches. It looks fairly modern now due to the colourful “Singh Dwara” or the main entrance gate. It has three parts- Garbha Griha (the sanctum sanctorum), Darshan Mandap (for pujas) and Shobha Mandap (for devotees to assemble). The revered shrine is still alive with myriad legends from mythology. Its sanctity is emphasised in the ancient scriptures as “There are many sacred spots of pilgrimage in the heavens, earth and the nether world, but there has been none equal to Badri, nor shall there be”.

Canon 40D
Lens Canon 17-85mm.

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  • Tom Broderick IPA
    Tom Broderick IPAover 4 years ago

    love the colors great shot. tom

  • RakeshSyal
    RakeshSyalover 4 years ago

    WOW!! Very colorful image, Rajeev!




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  • mttmaliha
    mttmalihaover 4 years ago

    Lovely, Rajeev! Always a treat to see what you have added :-)

  • anandbakshi
    anandbakshiover 4 years ago

    Nice capture Rajeev Sir……

  • Antanas
    Antanasover 4 years ago

    lovely shot

  • webbie
    webbieover 4 years ago

    Just beautiful colors and capture Rajeev:)

  • Tibby Steedly
    Tibby Steedlyover 4 years ago

    Absolutely gorgeous shot of this special temple!

  • Colleen Drew
    Colleen Drewover 4 years ago

    Great shot! Love the colors!

  • Kate Adams
    Kate Adamsover 4 years ago

    Stunning colours and capture!!! excellent narrative also.

  • Tadoette
    Tadoetteover 4 years ago

    great clors here! excellent shot!

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