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One of the ‘Dhams’ of India’s most auspicious ‘Char Dham Yatra’ and also a part of the ‘Chota Char Dham Yatra’, Badrinath; a highly aggrandized Vaishnavite and Jain pilgrim destination, is a small town located in Chamoli district in the state of Uttarakhand. Nestled amidst the Garhwal Hills on the banks of the river Alaknanda, this holy abode of Lord Vishnu and Lord Adinath lays flanked by the Nar and Narayana mountain ranges against the splendid backdrop of towering Nilkantha Peak. Stationed only some kilometers away from the Indo-China (Tibet) boundary, Badrinath; the epitome of Hindu-Jain harmony is situated nearly 301 kilometers away from Rishikesh.
The term ‘Badrinath’ means the ‘Lord (Nath) of Badri’. The Sanskrit word ‘Badri’ refers to the berry trees or Indian Jujube trees that are said to be growing in abundance in this area since ages. Badrinath, regarded as one of the 108 Divya Desams mentioned by the Tamil Azhvar saints, is also acknowledged as one of the five Badris i.e. ‘Panch Badri’. The rest four Badris are Yogadhyan Badri, Bhavishya Badri, Bridha Badri and Adi Badri. Moreover, Badrinath is also reckoned by other appellations such as ‘Tapobhoomi’, which means ‘the land of penance’ and ‘Bhubaikunth’ meaning ‘the heaven on the earth’.
Besides, it is also believed that Badrinath is one of the five Punyakshethras and if the Shraddhakarmas are offered to your ancestors here, the 42 lines of the ancestors receive salvation. Badrinath, the sacred town consecrated by Adi Shankaracharya in 9th century AD and tremendously venerated by every Indian draws thousands of visitors every year not only due to its religious significance but also owing to its immense natural splendor. The snow clad Himalayan mountain ranges, rolling precipices, beauteous landscapes of the Garhwal region bejeweled with picture book sceneries, meandering Alaknanda River, pristine water lagoons, dazzling cascades and supreme gorgeousness of the entire milieu leaves its beholders totally flabbergasted and bowled over.