Lord Vishnu is worshipped at Panch Badri in different forms. The search of man for God has led him to various vicissitudes for discovery-the hope remains unquenched and pines for ever eternal. It has done so far for countless centuries and will do so till God's world and his creation last. The quest begins and leads through the shrines put up by man for his creator's glorification. In Badrikeshwar, lord Badrinath is worshipped at five different places and under five different names-
- Vishal Badri (Badrinath)
- Yogdhyan Badri
- Bhavishya Badri
- Vridha Badri
- Adi Badri
Tarun Jageshwar is one of the principal temples situated in the temple premises. The temple has two dwarapalas (door guardians) in the form of the armed Nandi and Skandi. This is a west facing temple of Lord Shiva. Here, Shiva is worshipped in the form of Nagesh/Jageshwar. In the sanctum sanctorum of the temple, the Shivlinga is divided into two parts. The larger one depicts Shiva and smaller one his consort Parvati. An Akhand Jyoti burns in the temple. There are two Asthadhatu statues of Chand Kings Deepchand and Tripalchand in the standing posture behind the Shivlinga.
Jageshwar Temple Complex:
Jageshwar is a religious place with over 100 temples devoted to Lord Shiva. You can go around Jageshwar and witness the exquisite architecture of temples like Dandeshwar temple which portrays elegant samples of ancient iconography.
Do not forget to catch a glimpse of the highly impressive image of Ganesha and life-sized dwarapalas (door guardians) outside the Jagannath temple.
The cluster of temples at Jageshwar can be best seen from Kuber Temple.
Sri Mahamritunjaya Mahadev:
The Mahamrityunjay temple is the largest and oldest temple in the Jageshwar temple complex. This temple of Shiva is eastern facing and the Linga is worshipped as the saviour from death. The unique linga has an eye shaped opening.
Dandeshwar Shiv Temple Complex:
Situated slightly upstream from the Jageshwar temple complex, the Dandeshwar temple complex is in a dilapidated condition. This place is 200 mts from Artola village from where temples of Jageshwar starts. From this place Vinayak Kshetra or sacred area begins. This place lies between Jhanker Saim temple,Vrudhh jageshwar and Koteshwar temples.
This place is 200 mts from Artola village from where temples of Jageshwar starts. From this place Vinayak Kshetra or sacred area begins. This place lies between Jhanker Saim temple, Vridhh jageshwar and Koteshwar temples.
Jhanker Saim Mahadev:
This temple is situated south of Jageshwar. Legend has it that during the Tapasya by Lord Shiva, Demons obstruct His penance. Then God Jhanker Saim come into being as Trinetra and send His Ganas to kill the demons.
Sri Briddha or Budha Jageshwar:
This temple is situated three km north to Jageshwar. This temple is situated at the top of the hill and comes after a uphill trek. It is contemporary to Jageshwar group of temples. Its a great place for a view in the mornings, when you can see the snow-capped Himalayan view.
Pushti Devi or Pushti Bhagawati Maa:
It is the temple of Goddess Devi. The temple enshrines the full murti of Goddesses. This temple is situated in the Jageshwar main premises.
A cave close the Jageshwar temples
The Archeological Museum run by Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), houses idols and statuettes removed from Jageshwar shrine dating 9th to 13th century AD.
The nearest airport is the Jolly Grant Airport near Dehradun, around 317 km from Badrinath.
The nearest railway stations to Badrinath are at Rishikesh and Kotdwar, which are at distances of 297 km and 327 km respectively.
There are regular buses operating to Panch Badri from Delhi, Haridwar and Rishikesh.
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