Surya Kund and Tapta Kund are both hot water springs located in Badrinath, a sacred town in Uttarakhand, India. They are significant pilgrimage sites and are often visited by tourists and devotees for their religious and therapeutic properties. Surya Kund is primarily known for its extremely hot water, with temperatures reaching nearly boiling point. It is customary for devotees to cook rice and potatoes in this hot water as an offering to the temple deity before offering it inside the Badrinath Temple.
|0.5 Km From Badrinath Temple
|Nearest Railway Station or Airport
|Rishikesh, 250kms/ Jolly Grant Airport, 270 kms
|Best time to visit
|May, Jun, Jul, Sep, Oct,
Surya Kund in Badrinath
A Mythology related to Surya Kund
The story behind Surya Kund is linked to the legend of Lord Vishnu in his form as Badrinarayan and Surya, the sun god.According to the mythology, Lord Vishnu as Badrinarayan sat in deep meditation at Badrinath. However, the place was extremely cold, and concerned for Lord Vishnu, Surya, the sun god, manifested himself as Surya Kund, a natural hot water spring, to provide warmth to the deity. The name “Surya Kund” translates to “the pond of the sun.” It is believed that taking a dip in the holy waters of Surya Kund before entering the Badrinath temple is auspicious and purifying. The water is naturally heated due to geothermal activity, and the high temperature is attributed to the benevolence of Surya, providing warmth in the frigid climate of the region.The association with Surya adds a layer of spiritual significance to the practice, symbolizing purification and invoking the blessings of the sun god before seeking the darshan (sight) of Lord Badrinarayan.
How To Reach Surya Kund
- The Surya Kund is just 0.5 km away from Badrinath.
- The kund is located between Badrinath Temple and Alkananda river.Walk to the Kund from Badrinath.
- Badrinath is approximately 320-330 km away from both Haridwar and Rishikesh.
- You can hire a taxi or take a bus from these places to reach Badrinath.
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