Kedarnath and Badrinath

>> Thursday, March 11, 2010

Badrinath Temple is situated along the Alaknanda River near Badrinath, Uttarakhand, India. Considered to be a very holy shrine, Badrinath is completely dedicated and devoted to worshipping Lord Vishnu. It is also a part of the holy Char Dham of India and a Mecca for Vaishnavites. The temple opens for only six months in a year from the End of April to the Beginning of November. The Statue of Lord Vishnu in the form of Badrinarayan is the one that is worshipped most and is made up of Black Saligram Stone. Apart from the statue of Lord Badrinarayan, there are others including Nara and Narayana, Narasimha, Lakshmi, Narada, Ganesha, Kubera and Garuda and several others. Dry Fruits and hard Sugar Candy are served as Prasad and the shrine attracts millions of tourists every year.

Kedarnath Temple is a holy shrine/temple located near the Garwal Himalayan Range, near Mandakini River, Kedarnath, Uttarakhand, India. The temple opens up like Badrinath similarly from the End of April to the beginning of November. All those who are devotees of Lord Shiva and worship him can find him in the form of Kedarnath. The first hall of the main temple contains statues of the Five Pandavas apart from other statues like the one of Lord Krishna, Nandi (The holy vehicle of Shiva) and Vidarbha. Another statue is erected in the next hall where Shiva is being shown to marry the Goddess Parvati. At the back of the temple is the Samadhi Mandir of Adi Sankara.

Both these shrines located in the state of Uttarakhand are looked up to for they are home to two of the most revered shrines in the Republic of India. They are visited and prayed in for by millions of tourists every year and become even more famously because they open only for half the year.


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