Bansi Naryan trek

About Bansi Narayan Temple

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Located in Urgam Valley in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand, Bansi Narayan Temple is an 8th Century Temple of a single structure dedicated to Lord Krishna. The temple lies 10 km ahead of Bansa, the last village in Urgam Village. Hence, there are no human settlements around the temple.

As the temple is located at an altitude of about 3600 mts, it is surrounded by the Himalayan range of Nanda Devi and enclosed by dense forests of oak and rhododendrons.

History of the Bansi Narayan Temple

This temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu or Krishna and has its roots in Hindu Mythology.

At the time when Demon King Bali ruled the entire world, Lord Vishnu was sought to help the plight of other gods, troubled by the great conquest of King Bali.

Lord Vishnu attained the Vamana Avtar, a dwarf.

On encountering King Bali, the Vamana asked him for land measuring up to three steps.

King Bali smirked, unknowingly, at the thought and granted the avatar’s wishes.

Shri Hari Vishnu then acquired a gigantic form and covered the entire universe with two strides.

With his pride shattered by the lord, King Bali asked the Vamana to place his third stride on Bali’s head.

King Bali was sent to the underworld with the pressure of the Vamana’s foot.

This form of Lord Narayan is also known as Trivikrama.

Bali requested the Lord for his protection and become his gatekeeper and so Lord Vishnu accompanied King Bali to the underworld, assuming the role. Unable to locate Shri Hari Narayana, Mata Lakshmi consulted Shri Narada Muni as to the whereabouts of the lord.

Shri Narada Muni narrated the entire plot to Mata Lakhsmi, suggesting her travel to the underworld on the full moon of the Shravan month and tie a Rakshasutra on King Bali’s wrist. Goddess Lakshmi then travelled to ‘Patal Lok’ to tie a ‘Rakhi’ to king Bali, thus freeing lord Vishnu. The Bansi Narayan Temple is believed to be the place where Lord Narayana emerged from the underworld.

Rakshabandhan Celebrations at the Bansi Narayan Temple

It is believed that Devarishi Narada worships Lord Narayana at the Bansi Narayan temple for 364 days and humans have the right to worship here for only one day, the day being Raksha Bandhan.

On the day of Rakshabandhan, each household in the Kalgoth village donates butter to the temple, and festivities are prepared with this butter, which is later had as ‘prasad’.

What makes the Bansi Narayan Temple unique?

The temple has idols of both Lord Narayana and Lord Shiva.  Also, Lord Ganesha and forest goddesses’ sculptures grace this temple.

This is possibly the only temple in Uttarakhand that opens once a year, on the day of Raksha Badhan.  

How to reach Bansi Narayan Temple?

  • Make your way to Joshimath, which is at a distance of about 293 km from Dehradun.
  • From Joshimath, head towards Helang, which is 22 km away, and finally head towards Devgram, 15 km away from Helang.
  • The trek to the Bansi Narayan Temple starts at Devgram and is about 12 to 15 km long.

Nearest Railway Station to the Bansi Narayan Temple

The nearest railway station to the Bansi Narayan Temple is Haridwar Railway Station, which is at a distance of 283 km. from Devgram. The trek to the Bansi Narayan Temple starts at Devgram

Nearest Airport to the Bansi Narayan Temple

The nearest airport to the Bansi Narayan Temple is the Jolly Grant Airport of Dehradun, which is located at a distance of 265 km from Helang (Urgam Road).

From there the route can be traversed by state transport buses, rental bikes, and own car.

Motorable routes to Bansi Narayan Temple

  • Dehradun-Rishikesh- Devprayag-Rudraprayag-Karnaprayag-Gopeshwar-Joshimath-Helang-Devgram.
  • Haridwar-Rishikesh- Devprayag-Rudraprayag-Karnaprayag-Gopeshwar-Joshimath-Helang-Devgram.
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