Joshimath at the confluence of Dhauliganga and Alakananda is the gateway to Badrinath, one of the char dhams. In the context of the current situation there, a legendary story has come to light again. Along with the prophecy that Badrinath Dham will disappear one day.. many legends are being recalled.
Nature is always throwing a challenge in one form or another to the man who is proud of receiving amber.. measuring the depths of the sea. The latest test of nature’s man-intelligence is the fissures forming on the mountains in Joshimath, Uttarakhand. This city on a glacier is facing increasing difficulties. The ancient name of Joshimath is ‘Jyotirmat’. This spiritual city has great significance. Joshimath at the confluence of Dhauliganga and Alakananda is the gateway to Badrinath, one of the char dhams. In the context of the current situation there, a legendary story has come to light again. Along with the prophecy that Badrinath Dham will disappear one day.. many legends are being recalled. Let’s know about 5 legends of Joshimath.
1) An incarnation of Narasimha
Puranas say that Lord Vishnu incarnated as Narasimha and killed Hiranyakasya at the call of the devotee Prahlad. After the killing of Hiranya Kasyapa, Narasimha’s rage did not calm down. Then Goddess Lakshmi went to Prahlad and asked him to pacify Narasimha. After chanting Prahlada’s mantra he calmed down leaving his angry appearance. Narasimha Swamy was enshrined in Joshimath in that peaceful form. Badrinath who left Badrinath Dham.. stays here in winter.
2) Nara-Narayana Parvata:
In this Narasimha temple in Joshimath, the lord’s right arm is said to be thin. According to the Sanat Samhita of Kedarkhand in Skanda Purana.. such a thinned arm.. will fall under the amputated.. then the Nara-Narayana mountains here will meet.. then the path of Badrinath will be closed. Lord Badri Vishal is worshiped at Bhavishya Badri, 19 km from Joshimath in Tapovanam.
3) Place where Aadi Guru Shankaracharya got knowledge:
Another peculiarity is that.. Adi is related to Guru Shankaracharya. Legend has it that Adi Guru Shankaracharya did penance in the 8th century. The mulberry tree where Adi Shankaracharya meditated and gained ‘knowledge’ in AD 815. The 36 meter circular mulberry tree is still a living testimony of Adi Guru Shankaracharya’s penance. Next to this 2400-year-old tree is Shankaracharya’s penance cave. It is called Jyotireswara Mahadeva. This was the first of the four monasteries established by Shankaracharya in the country. This place was called Jyotirmatha because Shankaracharya got the divine light of knowledge.. In course of time it became known as Joshimath.
4) Heaven’s Gate
There is also a legend behind Joshimathanni being called the ‘Gate of Heaven’. It is said that when the Pandavas decided to leave their kingdom and go to heaven.. they chose this mountain pass from Joshimath. Pandukeshwar, before Badrinath, is said to be the birthplace of the Pandavas. After Badrinath.. after passing Maan village there is a peak.. It is the Hindu belief of Swargarohini. From here Arjuna, Bhima, Nakula, Sahadeva and Draupathi left Yudhishthira one by one. In the end only one dog went to heaven with Yudhisthira. Before Joshimath.. a beautiful valley of flowers starts which reminds of heaven. That is why Joshimathan is also known as the gate of heaven.
5) Capital of the Katyuri dynasty
Joshimath belongs to the Katyuri dynasty that ruled the Kumaon and Garhwal regions between the 7th and 11th centuries. It is said that the name of Joshimath was Kirtipur during the reign of their capital Katyuri. In the Kathyuri ruler Lalitsur copper plate.. this area is mentioned as Kirtipur.. elsewhere as Kartikeyapur. Kantura Vasudena, the founder of the Katyuri dynasty, is believed to have established his rule here. The kings of this dynasty built many temples in this region. Kirtipur itself is believed to have changed its name to Joshimath in the course of time
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Note: (What is given here is based on belief. There is no scientific evidence for this. We have given it here keeping in mind the interest of people)
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