We all know about Badrinath Dham in Uttarakhand. Yes, the same one that is not only the part of the Chhota Dham Yatra in Uttarakhand but also the Bada Dham Yatra in India. Thus, we can assert, this holy Hindu Temple of Vishnu is one of the most important pilgrimage sites in India for a religious tour. But apart from this, there’s still a lot of things we don’t know about this religious place in Uttarakhand. This is the reason why we’re bringing to your notice this blog on some interesting facts about Badrinath Temple.
- The region was once full of Badri (berry) trees and thus, the temple got its name as Badrinath.
- The main idol in Badrinath Temple is made of black Shaligram stone and is in Chaturbhuj Dhyanmudra position.
- Buddhists in the region before the 8th century used to worship the black Shaligram statue as Buddha.
- On the day of the portal opening of Badrinath, the chief priest or Rawal dons a saree and gets ready as Goddess Parvati to perform the puja.
- The priest in Badrinath Dham is a Kerala Brahmin. Adi Shankaracharya started the ritual of appointing priests for Badrinath Temple from South India.
- The shrine of Badrinath finds mention in many Hindu religious scriptures like Bhagavata Purana, Skanda Purana, and Mahabharata. In the Padma Purana, the area around Badrinath has been described as a spiritual site.
- Badrinath Temple is one of the 108 Vishnu Divyadesham (Holy Temples of Vishnu).
- The Shaligram statue was found by Adi Shankaracharya in the River Alaknanda that is believed to have been thrown by the Buddhists while running to Tibet.
- The temple was constructed and expanded by the King of Garhwal in the 17th century.
- The holy shrine suffered major damage in 1803 due to an earthquake, and later was reconstructed by the king of Jaipur before the first world war in 1914.
- It is believed that one day, Badrinath will vanish and reappear at Bhavishya Badri in Subain/Subhai, some 17km from Joshimath.
Well, we are sure, you knew some of these interesting facts about Badrinath, but we know some of them must have been a surprise to you as well.
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