Religious or spiritual tourism is the ‘in thing’ now. Not only devoted pilgrims but all kinds of travellers show keep enthusiasm and passion for such expeditions. India is a land of millions of temples, shrines and holy places. Among them Kedarnath and Badrinath stand strong and allure thousands of devotes every year. Have a look.
Tucked in the Rudra Himalayan Range, at an elevation of 1200 foot, Kedarnath Jyotirlinga is also counted as one of the 4 dhaams of Hindu mythology. Due to tremendously cold weather and heavy snowfall, the temple remains closed for good six months, particularly during winter months. People belive on paying a darshan to Kedarnath temple and milk bathing the jyotirlinga, one can get free of all discontent, bad luck and disasters.
Opening Days and Hours
The temple is open from May to October and pilgrims trek up to this holy jyotirlinga during these months. The temple is closed for 6 months and the Shiva Linga is shifted to lower altitudes at Ukimath. Every day, the temple opens at 4 Am and closes at about 9 Pm.
Kedarnath trek is moderately challenging and people use walking sticks, or travel in dolis or mules. While trekking up to Kedarnath, most of the people stop at Rudra Prayag, Gangotri and Yamunotri and enjoy the jaw dropping beauty of the surrounding. The beauty of lofty mountain peaks, glaciers, deodars, and stunning views ornate and enhance the trekking spree within.
Located in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand, Badrinath is one of the most popular religious hubs in India. Resting snugly between Nar and Narayana Ranges, by the bank of Alaknanda River. Badrinath Dham is easily reached by drivable roads and the Badrinath temple can be accessed by walking along a simple hike. Roughly 3 km from Badrinath is the hamlet of Mana, which is one of the terminal settlements before India-Tibet border land begins.
History and Legend
According to one mythological stories, Lord Vishnu had performed difficult atonement at this site. During his sincere meditation, he was ignorant about the extreme weather conditions. To shield him from the sweltering heat of the sun, his spouse Goddess Lakshmi developed the shape of Badri tree and spread over him, giving him shade and comfort. Regarded as the most noteworthy temple of Vishnu, the Badrinath shrine is said to be re-instated by Adi Shankaracharya. He found the Saligram idol of Lord Badri soaked in the waters of River Alaknanda and fitted it in a cave nearby.
Opening Days and Hours
Like Kedarnath, this temple is also open for 6 months from May to October. The temple remains open from 4:30 Am to 7 Pm every day.
Just below the temple, there is a natural hot water spring which is believed to be loaded with healing properties. An immersion in the thermal and pure water of the Kund is essential before a devotee pays a visit the holy shrine of Badrinath.