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Badrinath Temple

Badrinath or Badrinarayan Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu, situated in the town of Badrinath in Uttarakhand, India. The temple and town form one of the four Char Chota Char Dham pilgrimage sites; the temple is one of the 108 Divya Desams dedicated to Vishnu, worshipped as Badrinath—holy shrines for Vaishnavites. It is open for six months every year in the Himalayan region; the temple is located in Garhwal hill tracks in Chamoli district along the banks of Alaknanda River at an elevation of 3,133 m above the mean sea level. It is one of the most visited pilgrimage centers of India; the image of the presiding deity worshipped in the temple is a 1 ft, the black stone statue of Vishnu in the form of Badrinarayan. The statue is considered by many Hindus to be one of eight swayam vyakta kshetras, or self-manifested statues of Vishnu. Mata Murti Ka Mela, which commemorates the descent of river Ganges on mother earth, is the most prominent festival celebrated in the Badrinath Temple.

Although Badrinath is located in North India, the head priest, or Rawal, is traditionally a Nambudiri Brahmin chosen from the South Indian state of Kerala. The temple was included in the Uttar Pradesh state government Act No. 30/1948 as Act no. 16,1939, which came to be known as Shri Badarinath and Shri Kedarnath Mandir Act. The committee nominated by the state government administers both the temples and has seventeen members on its board; the temple is mentioned in ancient religious texts like Skanda Purana. It is glorified in the Divya Prabandha, an early medieval Tamil canon of the Azhwar saints from the 6th–9th centuries AD; the temple is located in Garhwal hill tracks along the banks of the Alaknanda River in Chamoli district in Uttarakhand. The hill tracks are located 3,133 m above the mean sea level; the Nar Parbat mountain is located opposite to the temple, while the Narayana Parbat is located behind the Neelkanth peak. The temple has three structures: the Garbhagriha, the Darshan Mandap, Sabha Mandap.

The conical-shaped roof of the sanctum, the garbhagriha, is 15 m tall with a small cupola on top, covered with a gold gilt roof. The facade has arched windows. A broad stairway leads up to a tall, arched gateway. Just inside is a mandap, a large, pillared hall that leads to the sanctum, or main shrine area; the walls and pillars of the hall are covered with intricate carvings. The main shrine houses the 1 ft Shaligram idol of Lord Badrinarayana, housed in a gold canopy under a Badri Tree; the idol of Lord Badrinarayana shows Him holding a Shankha and a Chakra in two of His arms in a lifted posture and the other two arms resting on His lap in a Yogamudra posture. The sanctum houses images of the god of wealth—Kubera, sage Narada, Uddhava and Narayan. There are fifteen more images that are worshipped around the temple; these include that of Lakshmi and Navadurga, the manifestation of Durga in nine different forms. The temple has shrines of Lakshmi Narasimhar and for saints Adi Shankara and Narayan, Vedanta Desika and Ramanujacharya.

All the idols of the temple are made of black stone. The Tapt Kund, a group of hot sulphur springs just below the temple, are considered to be medicinal; the springs have a year-round temperature of 55 °C, while outside temperature is below 17 °C all year round. The two water ponds in the temple are called Surya Kund. There is no historical record about the temple, but there is a mention of the presiding deity Badrinath in Vedic scriptures. According to some accounts, the temple was a Buddhist shrine till the 8th century and Adi Shankara converted it to a Hindu temple; the architecture of the temple resembling that of a Buddhist vihara and the brightly painted facade, atypical of Buddhist temples leads to the argument. Other accounts relate that it was established as a pilgrimage site by Adi Shankara in the ninth century, it is believed that Shankara resided in the place for six years from AD 814 to 820. He resided the rest of the year in Kedarnath. Hindu followers assert that he discovered the image of Badrinath in the Alaknanda River and enshrined it in a cave near the Tapt Kund hot springs.

A traditional story asserts that Shankara expelled all the Buddhists in the region with the help of the Parmar ruler king Kanak Pal. The hereditary successors of the king endowed villages to meet its expenses; the income from a set of villages on the route to the temple was used to feed and accommodate pilgrims. The Parmar rulers held meaning speaking Badrinath, they had other titles, including Shri 108 Basdrishcharyaparayan Garharaj Mahimahendra and Dharamarakshak Sigamani. The throne of Badrinath was named after the presiding deity; the practice was continued until the late 19th century. During the 16th century, the King of Garhwal moved the murti to the present temple; when the state of Garhwal was divided, the Badrinath temple came under British rule but the king of Garhwal continued as the chairman of the management committee. The selection of priest is done after consultation between Garhwal and Travancore royal familiesThe temple has un

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