The road to Badrinath, Temple in the Himalayas
June 27, 2012 • Photography & Travel
Badrinath is the little town just prior to Mana village. It is famed for the Badrinath temple, one of four holy sites in the Hindu Char Dham pilgrimage. All four sites are located deep in the Himalayas and accessible only in the summer months, and of these four Badrinath is considered to be the most important one. Badrinath is at an elevation of about 3,415 meters (11,204 feet) and is located on the banks of the Alaknanda river. The beautiful Neelkanth peak is right next to the town towering at 6,560 meters.
The temple is dedicated to Vishnu and is sacred to the followers of the Vaishnavite sect of Hindus.
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