Badrinath Temple Religious Shrine of Lord Shiva
Badrinath is a Hindu pilgrimage site which is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. It is the most important one among all four sites that constitutes India’s Char Dham Pilgrimage. Badri Dham is considered as one of the holiest temples by the Hindus. The idol of Lord Badrinarayan is one metre tall and which is casts in black ‘Shaligram’ stone. It is also known as one of the eight self-manifested idols of Vishnu. Interestingly, there are number of hot springs flow around the temple even in freezing temperature. Visitors can pay their visit in this temple during the month of April to November because in other months it is not allowed go over there because of heavy snowfall and freezing winters.
The past of this temple has no such an interesting storey but is said that this temple was once a Buddhist shrine because its architecture and painting style looks like a Buddhist vihara (temple) but Adi Shankara converted it into a Hindu temple in the ninth century. Actually it is believed that he lived here for six years. So he founded the image of the deity in Alaknanda River and enshrined it in a cave near Tapt Kund. Later on the town was named after this temple. The structure of this temple which we see today was built by the Garhwal Kings. The temple also houses the idols of Garuda (the vehicle of Lord Narayan) and Goddess Laxmi including Adi Shankara, Swami Desikan and Shri Ramanujan.