Badrinath Temple is one of the most important places of pilgrimage for Hindus and specially the people of Uttarakhand. The temple is dedicated to the Hindu Lord Vishnu. The Temple has one metre long structure of Lord Vishnu lying amidst the Nar Narayan Temple with its three main sections including the Garbhagriha, Sabha Mandap and Darshan Mandap. The statue of Lord Vishnu in the Temple is known to be one of the eight self-manifested statues securely places under a gold canopy of the Badri Tree. The statue is cast in black Shaligram stone.
The Temple is a major attraction for pilgrims at the time the Temple is open. The deity of Lord Vishu is praised in Joshimath at the time of winters when the Temple is closed due to heavy snowfall in the place. The head priest of the Temple known as Rawal is traditionally a Nambudiri Brahmin chosen from the South Indian state of Kerela. This is one of the most visited pilgrimage centers in India having recorded 1,060,000 visits. There are five other Badris namely Adi Badri, Yogadhyan Badri, Bridha Badri (Old Badri) and Bhavishya Badri.
The Temple of Badrinath is mentioned in the ancient religious texts like Vishnu Purana and Skanda Purana. According to the Legend, the location is considered sacred from the time when Lord Vishnu completed 1000 years under a Badri Tree for the welfare of humanity. It is believed that the Temple was originally established by Adi Shankaracharya and was renowated several times after its establishment.
The Temple can be reached by Bus or Shared Taxi from Dehradun, Rishikesh Haridwar or anywhere between the way which cross Joshimath and the traffic is one way from a place called Pandukeshwar which lies on the way.