Badrinath Temple or Badrinarayan Temple is a famous Chardham Temple. Badrinath Mandir / Badrinath Temple is situated in Badrinath town and dedicated to Sri Vishnu. With stone walls and carvings, Badrinath Temple has a North Indian style architecture. It is among the most visited temples of Uttarakhand which remains open for the pilgrims from May to November. The temple remains closed during the winters when the deity is worshiped at Nar Singh Temple in Joshimath.
The main entrance gate of Badrinath temple is colorful & imposing popularly known as Singhdwar. The temple is approximately 50 feet tall with a small cupola on top, covered with a gold gilt roof.
The Badrinath temple is divided into three parts – the ‘Garbha Griha’ or the sanctum sanctorum, the ‘Darshan Mandap’ where the rituals are conducted and the ‘Sabha Mandap’ where devotees assemble.
At the Badrinath Mandir Gate, directly opposite the main Idol of the Lord himself, is seated the idol of Bird Garud, the vehicle of Lord Badrinarayan, sitting in prayer with his hands folded. The walls and pillars of the mandapa are covered with intricate carvings.
The Garbha Griha portion has its canopy covered with a sheet of gold offered and houses Lord Badari Narayan, Kuber (God of wealth), Narad rishi, Udhava, Nar & Narayan. The complex has 15 idols especially attractive is the one-metre high image of lord Badrinath, finely sculpted in black stone.According to legend Shankara discovered a black stone image of Lord Badrinarayan made of Saligram stone in the Alaknanda River. He originally enshrined it in a cave near the Tapt Kund hot springs. In the sixteenth century, the King of Garhwal moved the murti to the present temple. It represents Lord Vishnu seated in a meditative pose called padmasan.
Darshan Mandap: Lord Badari Narayan is armed with Conch and Chakra in two arms in a lifted posture and two arms rested in Yogic Pose. Badarinarayan is seen under the Badari tree, flanked by Kuber and Garuda, Narad, Narayan and Nar. As you look, standing to the right side of Badrinarayana is Uddhava. To the far right side are Nara and Narayana. Narada Muni is kneeling in front on the right side and is difficult to see. On the left side are Kubera-the god of wealth, and a silver Ganesh. Garuda is kneeling in front, to the left of Badrinarayana.
Sabha Mandap: It is a place in the Temple complex where devotees and pilgrims assemble.
Badrinath Temple Puja & Timing:
Morning Pooja: 4:30 to 6:30 AM
Maha Abhishek 1 Person is allowed
Abhishek Puja 1 Personis allowed
6:30 AM to 12:00 Noon & 3:00 PM
Ved Path 1 Person is allowed
Geeta path 1 Person is allowed
Special Puja in Badrinath:
Shrimad Bhagwat Saptah Path
Entire Pujas of a day 1 Person is allowed
Evening Aarti/Archana & Path 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Swarna Aarti 1 Person is allowed
Vishnusahasranam Path 1 Person is allowed
Kapoor Aarti 1 Person is allowed
Shayan Aarti 1 Person is allowed
Daily or Periodical Puja/ Bhog & Akhand Jyoti
Akhand Jyoti Annual : 4951.00
Ghrit Kambal Ghee on closing day
Ghee for Deepak on closing day
Akhand Jyoti One day
Puja on Special Occasions:
Bhagwan Nar-Narayan Janmotsava (in Srawan Month)
Shrawani abhishek (in Srawan Month)
Shri Krishan Janmastami Utsava
Pooja Performed at Badrinath Temple:
Special pujas (online too) are performed on behalf of devotees. Every puja must be preceded by a holy 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. Special booking of Badrinath pujas can be done at Badrinath Mandir Committee by paying some fees. The procedures of daily pujas and rituals are supposed to have been prescribed by Adi Shankracharya. Unlike most Hindu temples, all the pujas (including the decoration of idols) are performed in the presence of the devotees.
Aarti Timings in Badrinath: The daily rituals at the Badrivishal temple start very early, around 4.30 am with maha abhishek and abhishek puja, and end at around 8.30 -9 pm with the shayan aarti. The temple opens for darshan for the general public around 7-8 am and there is an afternoon recess between 1-4 pm. The Rawal of the temple performs the rituals.
Badrinath Temple Opening and Closing Time:
The Badrinath temple opens at 4.30 AM & closes at 1.00 PM. Once again it opens at 4.00 PM & closes at 9.00 PM after the divine song Geet Govind.
Badrinath General Information:
Administrator – Pujari of the temple named Rawal Ji is well versed in puja ceremonials & Sanskrit language and must belong to a Kerala Brahmin family.
Photography is strictly prohibited inside the temple.
Opening and Closing Ceremonies in Badrinath Temple:
Pujas are held during the opening and the closing of the Badrinath temple. The temple is open for six months of the year – from April-May to October-November, but its day of opening is determined on the day of the Basant Panchami (in February-March), in accordance with astrological configurations.
Badrinath Temple Address:
Badri to Mata Murti road,
Uttarakhand – 246422.