Considered as the
holiest of the four important
shrines of Hindus, Shri Badrinath ji is situated
in the Garhwal region at the confluence of the
Rishi Ganga and Alaknanda rivers and at an
altitude of 3110 M above the sea level.
A great religious importance has been attached
to Badrinath Puri, which was once surrounded by
wild berries or "Badri" and so it was named "Badrivan".
This land has been worshipped by saints and
sages and has been the abode of yogies, and
great hermits over the ages.
Shri Badrinath is guarded by the twin mountain
ranges of Nar and Narayan range near the
towering Neelkanth Peak. The other hot water
tanks are "Narad Kund" & "Surya Kund" in which
pilgrims take the holy bath. Badrinath stands
first in the pilgrimage programs since it bears
the supreme degree of faith and devotion towards
Lord Badri Nath is worshipped at five different
places under five different names in Uttarakhand
This place is known as Badri Vishal. At the time
of prayer devotees says to each other "Jai Badri
Vishal Ki". This is the main shrine of Lord Badri Nath.
In ancient ages King Pandu meditated
Pandukeshwar, ever since the lord is worshipped
here in the form of Yogdhyan. This place is 24
K.M. from Badri Nath and 20 K.M. from joshimath.
This place is situated at a height of 2744 m,
above sea level and 17 K.M. from Joshimath,
Bhawishya Badri is worshipped in a small town.
In this temple the idol of Lord Badrinath was
worshipped for a short period by Adi Guru
Shankaracharya. This temple is located at
Animath, which is 17 K.M. from Joshimath in the
direction of Pipalkoti.
Several temples of Gupta-kal are visible at this
place, but Narain Temple is the main attraction
because a black stone idol of Lord Vishnu. Adi
Badri is situated 16 K.M. from Karanprayag on
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