Revisiting Badrinath

The year 2013 was full of catastrophes in the "Devbhoomi", Uttarakhand. The floods that swept the lives and hopes of thousands of pilgrims and locals, especially in the Kedar valley left a deep impact on people. It is the divine blessings of Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva that despite all the calamities, these holy shrines have been restored to their original condition.

Currently, with the efforts of the government and the blessings of Lord Vishnu and Shiva, roads have been restored. This is the best time to visit the holy place of Badrinath, where the roads were the main targets of the flood. The natural or divine calamity, whatever we call that dark July monsoon, caused great damage to the roads leading to Badrinath. However, the superb and appreciative efforts of the Border Roads Organization (BRO) have led to the rebuilding of the roads and bridges in a quick span of time, bravely fighting all the weather challenges. These steps were taken to open the gates of the pious place of Lord Vishnu for his devotees who come from different parts of the world.

This pious shrine is accessible to people only for 6 months according to the tradition and now the six months are ending for this year on 18th November, 2013. It is a great time to visit this place and thank the Lord for establishing peace and harmony. November is a great month with favourable conditions of the roads and good weather conditions. Since it will be cold and there will be snowfall there, it is best to carry your warm clothes and essential things.

You can contact the state tourism to satisfy your queries related to any aspect. One of the four dhams, Badrinath is 301 km away from Rishikesh by road. You have the facility of going by air via helicopters or your personal/tourist vehicle by road. Situated in the Garhwal region, it is located at a height of 3100 meters above sea level. This pawan dham has the facility of five star hotels as well as dharamshalas and guest houses, whatever best suits your budget. There are petrol pumps and Hotels at halting points like Joshimath, Peepalkoti, Chamoli, Srinagar, Rudraprayag, Devprayag, Karanprayag and Rishikesh.

Badrinath Temple was established by Adi Guru Shankaracharya in the ninth century. This holy town has been mentioned in the Bhagvat Purana and Padma Purana. The town is located between Nar and Narayana mountains with the holy Alaknanda separating the two ranges. There are other visiting sites like Mana and Vyas Gufa along with Charan Paduka and Mata Murti. Now that the yatra has resumed its course, plan your journey to the abode of Lord BadriVishal and seek his blessings!

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