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Penances - from Skanda Purana (Badarikashrama Mahatmya)

  1. Penance of Agni Deva (At Badarikashrama) (For getting rid of the sin of omnivorousness)
  2. Penance of sage Narada (At Badarikashrama) (For getting vision of Lord Vishnu)
  3. Penance of sage Markandeya (At Badarikashrama) (For steady devotion and getting saved from the miseries of samsara)
  4. Penance of Sri Garuda (At Badarikashrama) (For becoming the vehicle of Lord Vishnu)


Penance of Agni Deva - from Skanda Purana (Badarikashrama Mahatmya):

Badrinath Dham Skanda Purana (Badarikashrama Mahatmya ch 2): Penance of Agni Deva at Badarikashrama (Agnitirtha): Once Agni Deva wanted to get rid of his sins due to his omnivorousness. He consulted an assembly of great sages. Sage Vyasa told Agni Deva to go to Badari. Agni Deva went to mount Gandhamadana and arrived at Badari. After taking bath in the holy waters of Ganga, he went to the hermitage of Narayana and eulogized the Lord. Lord Narayana was pleased and told Agni Deva to choose a boon. Agni asked about a way of redemption due to his sin of omnivorousness. Lord Narayana said that seeing this holy spot his sins will get destroyed and by His grace he will not incur any sin. Thereafter Agni Deva made his abode there (at Agnitirtha).

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Penance of sage Narada - from Skanda Purana (Badarikashrama Mahatmya):

Badrinath Dham Skanda Purana (Badarikashrama Mahatmya ch 2): Penance of sage Narada at Badarikashrama (Naradi shila): Once sage Narada performed a severe penance at Badari to get the vision of Lord Vishnu. He stood on a rock taking only air and products of trees for sixty thousand years. Lord Vishnu initially came in the form of a brahmana and later revealed His true form to sage Narada. Narada eulogized the Lord with various hymns. The Lord told Narada to ask for a boon. Narada asked for unflinching devotion to His lotus feet and His presence in the rock where he performed penance. The Lord granted the boon and thus was Narada tirtha created.

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Penance of sage Markandeya - from Skanda Purana (Badarikashrama Mahatmya):

Badrinath Dham Skanda Purana (Badarikashrama Mahatmya ch 2): Penance of sage Markandeya at Badarikashrama (Markandeyi shila): During Tretayuga, sage Markandeya knowing himself to be short-lived worshipped Lord Vishnu. He repeated the twelve-syllabled mantra of the Lord. He visited various pilgrimages and met sage Narada at Mathura. Narada advised him to go to Badari where Hari is perpetually present. Markandeya went to Badari and after taking bath in the holy river, sat on a rock and repeated the eight-syllabled mantra of the Lord. Within three days, Lord Janardhana appeared in His true form holding conch, discus, club and lotus. Markandeya was charged with devotion and he eulogized the Lord. He invoked the grace of the Lord to save him from the miseries of the samsara. The Lord became pleased and told Markandeya to choose a boon. Markandeya prayed to the Lord to grant him steady devotion and make His abode in the rock where he performed his worship. The Lord granted the boon.

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Penance of Sri Garuda - from Skanda Purana (Badarikashrama Mahatmya):

Badrinath Dham Skanda Purana (Badarikashrama Mahatmya ch 2): Penance of Sri Garuda at Badarikashrama (Garudi shila): Sri Garuda wanted to become the vehicle of Lord Vishnu. He performed penance on mount Gandhamadana on the southern side of Badari. Taking only fruits, roots and water, he stood on only one foot and performed japa for thirty thousand years. The Lord appeared to him in His true form but Garuda could not hear His voice due to absorption in meditation. Then the Lord blew His conch, but still Garuda was not awakened from his meditation. Finally the Lord entered through his breath and made his mind extroverted. Seeing the Lord, there was horripilation on his body due to devotion. Garuda eulogized the Lord with various hymns. Then Garuda invoked Ganga and washed the feet of the Lord. The Lord was pleased and told Garuda to ask for a boon. Garuda asked for great strength and the boon to become His vehicle. He also asked the Lord to make the rock where he performed penance to be known after his name. The Lord granted the boon and told him to go to Badari. By taking holy bath there and observing fast for three days with purity it is easy to get His vision. Thereafter Garuda went to Badari and after performing the holy rites saw the Lord stationed at Narada tirtha.

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Bharatavarsha - The Land of Gods and Sages:

1. Stotras by Deity:
Initial: Ganesha - Hanuman - Gurudeva - Gayatri
Tridevas: Brahma - (Vishnu - Narasimha - Rama - Krishna) - Shiva
Tridevis: Saraswati - (Lakshmi - Tulasi - Bhoomi) - Parvati
Others: Murugan - Surya - Ganga - Yamuna - Narmada - Others
Final: Vedas - Brahman

2. Pilgrimages by Deity:
Initial: Ganesha
Tridevas: Brahma - (Vishnu - Narasimha - Rama - Krishna) - Shiva
Tridevis: Saraswati - Lakshmi - (Parvati - Shakambari)
Others: Murugan - Ganga

3. Sadhana: Sadhana - Hermitages - Penances

4. Saints: Ramakrishna - Vivekananda - Ramana - Saints

5. Sacred Geography: Forests - Mountains - Rivers - Lakes

6. Puranas: Scriptures

7. Religious Life: Stotras - Puja - Pilgrimages - Festivals - Varnashramas - Samskaras - Traditions

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