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Temples and Sub Temples of Shri Badarinath Dhaam
1. Shri Shankaracharya Temple at Badrinath

Shri Shankaracharya Temple is situated in between the stairs of Badarinath Temple, and on the way to Tapt Kund. An idol of Adiguru Shankaracharya is placed there in the temple. Daily Bhog and Puja are performed here by the Temple Authority. Adiguru Shankaracharya is considered to be the reincarnation of Lord Shiva. In order to resurrect the Sanatan Dharma, he took birth at a village named Kaladi in Kerala. His father was Shivguru and mother was Aryambva . They named him Shankar. At an early age of 12 years he reached Himalayas and explored Badarikaashram. He recovered Lord Narayans Idol from the Naradkund and shifted it to the present temple. Hence an Idol of Shankaracharya at this place.

2. Shri Adi Kedareshwar Temple at Badrinath

Adi Kedareshwar Temple is situated at Govind Shila, above Tapt Kund and on the way to Shri Badarinath Temple. The importance of this temple is written in Skand Puran. In the month of Shravan special pujas are conducted here. The temple is dedicated to Lord Kedareshwar. It is believed if a devotee is not able to perform darshans at Shri Kedarnath Temple, he can perform darshans at Adi Kedareshwar Temple here and shall be blessed with equal benefits as those acquired at Shri Kedarnathji. According to the Hindu mythology, Lord Narayan was so fascinated with this place that he decided to do his penance here. But the place belonged to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. So he approached them in the form of child and sought their permission for doing penance. Hence Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati shifted themselves to the back of the Narayan mountain, which place is now known as Kedarnath. Since Lord Shankar was living here previously the vacated place is known as Adi Kedareshwar.

3. Shri Ballabhacharya Temple at Badarinath

This temple is situated at the backside of the Adi Kedareshwar Temple at Badarinath. The devotees of Vallabh community perform special Pujas here. Out of 108 Gaddis (Temples) of Vallabh community in India, this is the 77th one. It is believed that all the prominent saints like Ramnujacharya, Shankaracharya,Vallabhacharya came to Badarinath for doing their penance.

4. TaptaKund, the tank and the spring at Badarinath

This hot water reservoir is situated at Markandeya rock. It is a natural Thermal Springs on the bank of River Alaknanda. It is customary to bathe before entering the Badarinath Temple. The water of the kund is believed to have medicinal properties. It is an experienced fact that after the holy bath, one's body is reinforced against blowing cold winds and the icy waters of the River Alaknanda. The hot water springs emerge from beneath the Garud Shila and collect into the stone and cement tanks meant for bathing.

5. BrahmaKapal, the Shila and the compound (Parikrama) at Badarinath

Is famous as the Kapal Mochan Tirth. After offering Pind Dan here, the spirits of the dead are eternally enshrined in heaven. It is said that when Shiva chopped off the fifth head of Brahma, it got stuck to his trident. Ultimately with the blessings of Lord Vishnu at Badarivan, the head of Brahma fell down from the trident at this place. Hence Brahma Kapal, the head of Brahma, the creator. Pind Dan here is believed to liberate or emancipate all the wandering spirits in one's family, as also himself in case his descendents were unable to perform his last rites.

6. Mata Murti Temple at Badarinath

On the right bank of River Alaknanda opposite the last Indian border village Mana is a small temple of Mata Murti dedicated to the mother of Shri Badarinathji. Once a year, on the day of Vaman Dwadashi, the Narayan pays a visit to Mata Murti. The Rawal (the head priest) of Badarinathji performs puja here and the residents of Mana village organize a festival of prayers, havan and bhog. Belief is that Mata Murti has the powers of granting sincere wishes or Vairagya to those who faithfully meditate here for some days.

7. Yogbadari Temple at Pandukeshwar

The temple of Yog Badari, one of the five Badaris, is situated at Pandukeshwar, 24 km short of Badarinath. It is located at an altitude of 1929 m. Named after the Pandava king; the sanctum has the image of the Lord in a meditative posture. The region surrounding the temple was known as Panchaldesh. It is the place where Pandu believed to have married Kunti. According to myth, Pandavas handed over Hastinapur to king Parikshit and retired here.

8. Bhavishya Badari Temple at Subhain

The temple of Bhavishya Badari is at an altitude of 2744 m. and is surrounded by dense forests. Located at Subhain near Tapovan about 17 km east of Joshimath on Joshimath - Lata Malari route, pilgrims have to trek beyond Tapovan. Tapovan has sulphurous hot springs. The idol of Lord Badari is emerging here by itself. It is believed that when Kaliyug will be on its pinacle the mountains Jai and Vijay at Patmila near Vishnuprayag will collapse, so making the present shrine of Badarinath inaccessible and Lord Badarinath will be worshipped here. Thus the name Bhavishya Badari, which literally means the Badari of the future. Bhavishya Badari is popular even now, enshrined here is a lion headed image of Narsimh.

9. Nirishinha Temple at Joshimath

It is located at Joshimath. The statue of Narsimh Bhagwan is carved out of a shaligram is an exquisite work of art. It is generally believed that one arm of the statue is becoming thinner and thinner and ultimately in the last stage of Kaliyug this arm will breakdown. Pujas are performed here throughout the year, especially during the period when Badarinath temple is closed due to the heavy snowfall, so Shri Badarinath puja is also performed here.

10. Basudeo Temple at Joshimath

At Joshimath a huge idol of Lord Vasudev is worshipped. Pujas are performed throughout the year.

11. Shri Durga Temple at Joshimath

At the right side of Vasudev temple's Parikrama the statue of Lord Ganesh is placed. At the parikrama sthal the images of Nav Durga, Lord Shiva, Parwati and Garud(vahan of Vishnu) is placed.

12. Rajeshwari Temple at Joshimath

It is situated near the Narsinh temple. The Idol is believed to be of Shankaracharya.

13. Mahadev Temple at Jyoteshwar

This temple is situated under the Akshayavat tree . At this place Shankaracharya perform darshans of Jyoti Swaroop.

14. Bhaktabatsal Temple at Jyoteshwar

This temple is situated at Joshimath. Pilgrims performs darshans here for fulfilling their desires.

15. Narayan Temple at Vishnuprayag

It is situated at one of the five Prayags, Vishnuprayag. An ancient temple of lord Vishnu is situated at the confluence of River Alaknanda and Dhauliganga. This temple stands here next to a pool called Vishnukund.

16. Sitadebi Temple at Chain

It is believed that Lord Rama performed yagya here after his Rajyabhisekh. It is located at the back side of Karnali River.

17. BridhaBadari Temple at Animath

The temple of Vridh (old) Badari is located at Animath, 7 kms from Joshimath in the direction of Pipalkoti. Before Badarinath was designated one of the four Dhams, the idol of Badarinath was worshipped here. It is said that at the advent of kaliyug, Vishnu choose to remove himself from the temple. The image of Lord Vishnu was found by Shankaracharya at Naradkund and restored, though part of its remains damage. A very huge Banyan tree shelters the temple. Legend has it that the lord Vishnu disguised as Vridha person played with Ganeshji during period of his childhood.

18. Dhyanbadari Temple at Urgam

The temple of Kalpeshwar lord Shiva is situated here. It is one among the five kedars and this place is known as Dhyan Badari.

19. Shri Nrisingh Temple at Pakhi

An ancient temple of Lord Narsinh is there at Pakhi (Garud Ganga).

20. Shri Nrisingh Temple at Darmi

It is located near the PatalGanga river at Darmi. There is an ancient idol of Lord Narsinh.

21. Shri Laxmi Narayan Temple at Nandprayag

This ancient temple is situated at Nandprayag, one of the five prayags.

22. Shri Laxmi Narayan Temple at Kulsari

It is located at kulsari (Karanprayag-Gwaldam road). The temple is very ancient.

23. Shri Laxmi Narayan Temple at Dwarahat, Almora

It is located at Dwarahat in Kumaon region.

24. Shri Laxmi Narayan Temple at Gudari, Almora

It is situated in Almora district in Kumaon region.

25. Shri Laxmi Narayan Temple at Bayala, Almora

It is also situated in Almora district in Kumaon region

26. Panch Shilas within the Badarinath Puri

It includes Garud shila, Nar shila, Narsinh shila, Varah shila and Markandeya shila. These shilas are situated around the Tapt kund in the form of five blocks. Standing between Tapt kund and Narad kund is conical formed Narad Shila. It is said that the sage Narad meditated on this rock for several years. Standing in the waters of Alaknanda just below the Narad Shila is a huge stone looking like a Lion with its gaping jaws and hooked claws. It is said that after killing Hiranyakashyap He remained in the shape of stone forever. Near the Naradkund the Barah shila has the shape of boar. Barah is believed to be an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. At The Garud shila near the taptkund had Garudji fasted and meditated on this stone. Markanday on the advice of Narad left Mathura to meditate here in Badarivan and attain ultimate peace. Markendeya shila is the stone on which the sage meditated.

27. Panch Dharas within the Badarinath Puri

The panch dhara (Five Streams) which are famous in Badaripuri are Prahlad, Karma, Bhrigu, Urwashi and indradhara. The most striking of these is the Indradhara, about 1.5 km north of town Badaripui. Bhrigudhara flows past a number of caves. The one on the right of river Rishiganga originally from the Neelkanth range is Urvashidhara. Karma dhara water is extremely cold whereas Prahlad dhara has luke warm water.

28. Dharamshila within the Parikarama of Shri Badarinath Temple

Dharamshila is situated at the south part of Garbh Graha in Badarinath temple. Puja of Kamadhenu cow is performed here. Devotees perform Gaudan here. According to Hindu mythology when a person dies he has to travel from this lok to parlok. In doing so he has to cross Vaitarni River by performing Gaudan, which is essential for getting Moksha. Hence after performing pind daan at Brahma Kapal, devotees perform Gaudan at Dharmashila and receive blessings.

29. Basudhara and Dharamshila at the bottom of the fall at Basudhara

As the name suggests, Vasudhara is a magnificent waterfall. This place is Five km from Badarinath out of which 2 km is motorable upto Mana.

Temples and Sub Temples of Shri Kedarnath Dhaam
1. Udak Kund at Kedarnath

This kund is situated at the south most part of Shri Kedarnath Temple. All the Bathing water of Lord Kedarnath collects at this kund. The devotees receive this water as charanamrit

2. Minor Temples within the Precincts of Shri Kedarnath Temple

Minor Temples within the Precincts of Shri Kedarnath Temple, a) The temples - The temples of Maa Parvati, Ishaneshwar, Ganeshji, Nandishwar are situated at the Parikrama site of Kedarnath temple. b) Hansa Kund - This kund is important for Pind Daan and Tarpan. The devotees perform Pind Daan here. c) Retas Kund - Bubbles appear when a devotee shouts Har-Har Mahadev at this Kund. d) Shankaracharya Samadhi - The Samadhi of Adi Guru Shankaracharya is located just behind the Kedarnath temple. It is said that after establishing four sacred dhams in India, Shankaracharya went into his samadhi here at an early age of 32 years. e) Bhairavnath - It is situated at half km distance from Kedarnath Temple in a mountain. Bhairav is the main Gana of Lord Shiva. The first Rawal of Kedarnath Sh. Bhikund established the Idol of Bhairavnath in 3001 B.C. Bhairavnath is also known as Kshetrapal (Guard) of this region.

3. The Temple of Shri Vishwanath Ji at Guptkashi

A huge temple of Lord Vishwanath is situated at Guptkashi. Guptkashi is known to be a place of hiding of Lord Shiva during the period when Shiva was unwilling to grant darshans to five Pandavas, who wanted emancipation from the curse of killing their own kinsmen in the epic battle of Mahabharat.

4. Minor Temples within the Precincts of Temple of Shri Vishwanath Ji at Guptkashi

a) Shri Ganeshji - It is situated at the entrance of the temple parikrama. According to Hindu mythology it is essential for a devotee to visit Ganesh temple before visiting Vishwanath templeparikrama. According to Hindu mythology it is essential for a devotee to visit Ganesh temple before visiting Vishwanath temple. b) Ardhnareshwar - It is situated north of the Vishwanath temple. Here the vigraha, the idol, is the combined vigraha of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. c) Kund - It is situated at the East Front of Vishwanath Temple. This kund is made up of two streams, the Gaumukh and the Gajmukh.

5. The Temple of Shri Usha at Ukhimath

Wedding of Usha (Daughter of Vanasur) and Anirudh (Grandson of Lord Krishna) was solemnized here. By name of Usha this place was named as Ushamath, now known as Ukhimath. King Mandhata penances Lord Shiva here. During winter the Utsav Doli of Lord Kedarnath is brought from Kedarnath to this place. Winter puja of Lord Kedarnath and year round puja of Lord Omkareshwar is performed here. This temple is situated at Ukhimath which is at a distance of 41 km from Rudraprayag.

6. The Temple of Shri Barahi at Ukhimath

This temple is situated at Usha-Anirudh temple. Idol of Maa Varahi is worshipped here.

7. The Temple of Shri Madmasheshwar at Madmasheshwar

One of five kedars, the temple of Madmaheshwar is located at an altitude of 3328 m above sea level, 25 km north-east of Guptkashi. The confluence of Madmaheshwar Ganga and Markanga Ganga takes place at Gaundar just short of the temple. It is the place where lord Shiva is worshipped in the form of navel-shaped lingam. The location is scenically superb and spiritually blessing.

8. The Temple of Shri Maha kali at Kalimath

It is situated close to Guptkashi, 10 km by road. It is one of the Sidh Peeths and held in high religious esteem. The temple of Goddess Kali located here is visited by a large number of devotees round the year and especially during Navratras. The Peeth comprises temple made of wood and iron. The best idol of Har Gauri admeasuring over a meter is only here at the Kali temple. The temple is surrounded by several smaller deities Mahalaxmi, Mahasaraswati, Gauri Shankar Mahadev and Bhairav.

9. The Temple of Shri Maha Laxmi at Kalimath

The Deity of Mahalaxmi is situated near the Kalimath Temple. It is one among the several deities that surround the Mahakali Temple at Kalimath.

10. The Temple of Shri Maha Saraswati at Kalimath

It is situated near the Kalimath temple. Devine Idol of Goddesss Saraswati is enshrined here.

11. The Temple of Shri Gauri Mayi at Gaurikund

At this place Bhagwati Gauri penances Lord Shiva. A huge image of Maa Gauri is worshipped here. 14 km trek to Kedarnath starts from this place. A warm water kund known as Tapt kund is situated at the north most part of the temple.

12. The Temple of Shri Narain at Trijunginarain

14 km (including 5 km trek) from Sonprayag at an altitude of 1980 m This place is of great religious importance. Mythology has it that the wedding of Lord Shiva and Sati was solemnized here in the presence of Lord Vishnu. Of special interest is the eternal fire, which according to legend never extinguishes. Kedarnath is 31 km from here.

13. Minor Temples within the Precincts of the Temple of Shri Narain at Trijunginarain

At Triyuginarayan temple campus a water stream emerges which is called as Saraswati Ganga. Four kunds were made from this stream, which are Brahma kund, Rudrakund, Vishnukund and Saraswatikund.

14. The Temple of Shri Tunganath at Tunganath

The arm of Shiva came out at this place as per Kedarnath myth. The Tungnath temple, at an altitude of 3680 m atop the Chandranath Parvat, 32 km from Ukhimath,(including 3 km trek from Chopta) is the highest Shiva shrine among the Panch Kedar. The Peak of Tungnath is the source of three springs that forms the river Akashkamini

15. The Temple of Shri Tunganath at Makku

Winter puja of Tungnath is performed at Makkumath. It is situated at 45 kms from Ukhimath.

16. The Temple of Shri Kalshila at Kalshila

Kali shila is situated at a trek of 4 km from Kalimath. Maa Kali originated here in the form of huge shila, hence the name Kalishila.