High in the Himalayan Mountains of India, between Kashmir and Nepal and just seventeen miles from Tibet, there stands one of the most revered shrines of the Hindu world...
LV Mountain peak ZOOM BACK..to Himalayan range
SV Pilgrims past peak
CV PAN..Pilgrims along road and across Alaknanda bridge
GV Badrinath temple
SV Temple bell being rung
SV Temple dome TILT DOWN..to pilgrims' queue
CU Pilgrims carrying offerings (5 shots)
GV & TV PAN..Pilgrims entering temple (2 shots)
SV Crowded street
CU Pilgrims meditating (2 shots)
STV River PAN to pilgrims bathing in hot springs (2 shots)
SV Pilgrims down steps of temple
LV Pilgrims down hillside
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Background: High in the Himalayan Mountains of India, between Kashmir and Nepal and just seventeen miles from Tibet, there stands one of the most revered shrines of the Hindu world... the temple of Badrinath. It is worshipped as the abode of Vishnu, the chief god of Hinduism who is viewed as the preserver and protector of the world.
The temple is 10,249 feet (3124 metres) up on the side of Badrinath peak that rises to 23,4210 feet (7138 metres). The site has been famous for over 2,000 years. The present shrine was built in the tenth century A.D. by the Hindu Saint Sankaracharya.
The temple attracts pilgrims from all over India. Because of the heavy snow the shrine is inaccessible most of the year. This year the first pilgrims were able to reach Badrinath by mid-May.
The temple is situated on the bank of the Alaknanda which is one of the principle tributaries of the Ganges, the great holy river of the Hindus. Badrinath is the holiest of all temples that mark the length of the Ganges. The ice cold water of the Alaknanda existing next to the hot springs of the temple, present a baffling and wonderous contradiction for the pilgrims.