Badrinath Tour Packages
About Badrinath :
There is no historical record about the temple, but there is a mention of the presiding deity Badrinath in Vedic scriptures, indicating the presence of the temple during the Vedic period.As per some accounts, the temple was a Buddhist shrine till the 8th century and Adi Shankara converted it to a Hindu temple.As per other accounts, it was originally established as a pilgrimage site by Adi Shankara in the ninth century. It is believed that Shankara resided in the place for six years from 814 to 820 AD. He resided six months in Badrinath and the rest of the year in Kedarnath. He is believed to have discovered the image of Badrinath in the Alaknanda River and enshrined it in a cave near the Tapt Kund hot springs. Shankara is believed to have expelled all the Buddhists in the region with the help of the Panwar ruler king Kanak Pal. The hereditary successors of the king governed the temple and endowed villages to meet its expenses. The income from a set of villages on the route to the temple was used to feed and accommodate pilgrims. The Panwar rulers held the title "Bolanda Badrinath", meaning speaking Badrinath.