One of the
four Dhaam - Badaree Naath (in Uttaraa Khand) in North, Jagannaath Puree
(in Udeesaa) in East, Raameshwaram
(in Tamil Naadu) in
South, and Dwaarakaa
(in Gujaraat) in West
Thus these four Dhaam are located in all the four directions of India. This
one is located in North in Himaalaya on the banks of River Dhaulee Gangaa.
It is also known as Badarik Aashram. Badaree Naath is another name of Vishnu.
Among these four, three are the temples of Vishnu, only Raameshwaram is the
temple of Shiv Jee. Dhanu (Sagittarius), Sinh (Leo) and Mesh (Aries) Raashi
(Sign) person should visit once in life here.
Cradled in the twin Mountain ranges of Nar and Naaraayan is the holy shrine.
Legend has it that when Gangaa was to descend on Prithvi, it fell on Shiv's
Jataa and when it came out from Shiv's Jataa it came out in 5 rivers - Alaknandaa
is one of them. It is situated along the left bank of Alaknandaa with the
towering Neelkanth peak as the splendid backdrop at an elevation of 3,133 meters.
This revered spot was once carpeted with wild berries. Thus the place got the
name "Badaree Van", meaning "forest of berries" .
Badree Naath was established by Aadi Shankaraachaarya Jee in 9th AD century.
Shankar discovered the image of Badree Naaraayan in the Alaknandaa River and
enshrined it in a cave near the Tapt Kund hot springs. In the 16th century,
the king of Garhwaal moved the Moorti to the present temple. The most important
feature of this temple is the one meter tall statue of Vishnu as Lord Badree
Naaraayan, made of black Shaal Graam stone. The statue is considered to be one
of eight Swayam Vyakt (or Swaayambhoo), or self-manifested statues of Vishnu.
One legend explains the reason why Vishnu is shown sitting in Padmaasan, rather
than reclining. According to the story, Vishnu was chastised by a sage who saw
Vishnu's consort Lakshmee massaging His feet. Vishnu went to Badree Naath to
perform austerity, meditating for a long time in Padmaasan. To this day, the
area around Badree Naath attracts Yogee who come for meditation and seclusion.
One story goes that in his previous incarnation, Arjun prayed as Nar to Naaraayan
Vishnu here and asked for His companionship in his next birth. His prayer was
granted by Badaree Naath Jee and Arjun got the companionship of Shree Krishn in
Another story goes that once Shiv and Paarvatee were meditating there, that Vishnu
came there in disguise of a little boy crying. Paarvatee Jee asked the boy of
the reason of His crying. The boy said - "I want to meditate here, so I
want to have this area." Shiv and Paarvatee found that the boy was Vishnu
in disguise, so they left the area and went to Kedaar Naath.
3/1, says that Nar and Naaraayan are still doing Tap since time
immemorial for the benefit for the people.
The Skand Puraan states that "There are several sacred shrines in
heaven, on earth, and in hell; but there is no shrine like Badreenaath."
The area around Badreenaath was also celebrated in Padm Puraan as abounding
in spiritual treasures.
Badaree is the name, and Kshetra means a piece of land. It is the land around
Badaree Naath Jee (see below). Mentioned many times in scriptures. It is a
holy place where many people, including Nar and Naaraayan, Uddhav etc had gone
to do Tap.
Bhavishya Puraan, 3/30 gives another name to it - Vishaalaa.
Badaree is the name, and Van means forest. It is a Teerth place and is often
mentioned in context of people living there in their last days. It is the place
for doing Tap also.
Some Places on the Way
This is the first place to start the journey to Badaree Naath. Rishi + kesh,
the Hair of Sages, is a celebrated spiritual town on the bank of Gangaa and
is surrounded by Shivaalik range of the Himaalaya on three sides. It is said
that when Raibhya Rishi did hard penances, God appeared by the name of
"Hrishikesh " and this area hence forth came to be known as Rishikesh.
Joshee Math is situated on the slopes above the confluence of Alaknandaa and
Dhaulee Gangaa. Of the four Math established by Aadi Shankaraachaarya, Joshee
Math is in Badaree Naath and installed in the temple for people to worship.
There are many temples in the township most important is the temple of Nir
Singh in commotion of Vishnu. The popular belief holds that the left arm of
this deity, when with time and the day, will completely wither, Badaree Naath
valley will cease to exist and the Gods will transfer the residence into the
neighboring Neeti Valley at Bhavishya Badaree. Joshimath is connected by
regular bus service to Rishikesh, Haridwaar, Badaree Naath and many other center
in the region.
Natural thermal springs on the bank of the river Alaknandaa, where it is
customary to bathe before entering the Badaree Naath Temple.
A recess in the river, near Tapt Kund, forming a pool from where the Badaree
Naath idol was recovered.
A flat platform on the bank of river Alaknandaa. Hindus perform propitiating
rites for their deceased ancestors.
1.5 kms. away is a boulder having an impression of the legendary serpent, better
known as the Sheshnag's eye.
As the name suggests, Vasundharaa is a magnificent water fall. This place is 5
kms from Badaree Naath out of which 2 kms is motorable road up to Mana.
Inhabited by an Indo-Mongolian tribe, it is the last Indian village before
Bheem Pul (abridge)
On the other side of Mana village, a massive rock forming a natural bridge, lies
over the roaring Saraswatee River. It presents a spectacular view of water
thundering down through the narrow passage under the rock and is believed to
have been placed there by Bheem, the second eldest among the five Paandav brothers.
Vyaas Gufaa (Cave)
Near Mana Village, this is a rock-cave where Ved Vyas is believed to have composed
the Mahaabhaarat and the Pauraanik commentaries.
Badrinaath and Kedaarnath Tour Program From Chennai - a sample
18.5.2012 Departure for Mathura by G.T. Express
20.5.2012 Reach Mathuraa (two days 20.5.12 and 21.5.12) Darshan at
Vrindaavan, Govardhan, Nand Gaanv
21.5.2012 2.30 p.m. Dep. for Rishikesh
23.5.2012 5.30 am dep. for Badrinaath
24.5.2012 Badrinath Darshan, Beema palam, Saraswatee River, Vyaas Gufaa Darshan
25.5.2012 6.00 am dep. for Son Prayaag
26.5.2012 Kedaarnaath Darshan by helicopter
28.5.2012 Srinagar (not in Kashmeer)
29.5.2012 6.00 am dep. for Dev Prayaag and Haridwaar
30.5.2012 Haridwaar night 10.00 departure. for Delhi
31.5.2012 Delhi and departure for Chennai by Tamilnaadu Express
For Yaatraa, the Yaatree should pay Rs.11,500/- plus train fare (Yaatree's
choice whether it is A/C or non-A/C). If Yaatree need separate room they
should bear that amount. For Kedaarnaath Darshan Yaatree should pay Rs.
8,500/- as а helicopter charges. The amount of Rs. 11,500/- includes bus
fare, hygienic Vaishnav food and normal accommodation. For this Yaatraa,
train tickets should be booked 90 days in advance. Hence the Yaatree are requested
to register their names immediately and send an advance of Rs.10,000/- per head.
During the Yaatraa one can enjoy Upanyaas throughout the tour to be rendered by
Gomatam Shri Madhavachariar
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