It is common for fairs and religious ceremonies to take place at pilgrimage spots and around temples.
Mata Murti Ka Mela
Badrinath is no different and the most famous festival here is the Mata Murti Ka Mela. This festival commemorates the descent of Ganga Devi to earth. On this day one worships the mother of Badrinath, who divided the mighty Ganga into 12 tributaries that would flow in different directions and bring prosperity to mankind.
Badri Kedar Festival
Another popular festival is Badri Kedar that takes place in June, jointly celebrated in Kedarnath. Lasting all of 8 days, this festival is attended by thousands of people as well as performing artists from all over.
While festivals take place only on select days, the Pujas and Aartis are a daily occurrence. In the morning you can witness the Maha Abhishek, Gitapath and Bhagvat Puja. In the evening it is the splendid Aarti and Geet Govind that will keep you spellbound. Unlike other places, the Aarti in the evening is an elaborate ritual with the idol being anointed with sandalwood paste that is later distributed to devotees along with sugar and dry leaves.
When the temple opens on Vasant Panchmi, there is a grand ceremony of Akhanda Jyoti as the idol is brought up from Joshimath and installed in Badrinath. When the temple closes on Dussehra day a lamp is lit, Puja is performed and the idol is taken in a grand procession to Joshimath for the winter.
Krishna Janmashtami is another important festival in Badrinath where huge number of devotees congregate to celebrate the birth of Lord Krishna.