A famous Hindu temple of India.The legend tells us that one day Goddess Mahalakshmi happened to see Lord Vishnu taking penance in the open air without even a shield to protect from the biting cold. So she became a ‘Badri’ tree (a special species of tree found in this region); provided shelter to Lord Vishnu. Thus, the place became Badri and the deity Badri Narayan.
It is believed the sage Narada got darshan of Lord Vishnu in the form of Nar-Narayana-the cosmic sage. The temple lies in between the two mountains known as Nar-Narayan ranges.
The temple is richly associated with the Pandavas of Mahabharata (the great Indian epic). The journey from Rishikesh to Badrinath is dotted with many places repeatedly mentioned in that epic like Devaprayag, Rudraprayag, Karnaprayag, etc…
It is closely associated with Sankaracharya too. Acharya spent many years in and around this temple. He prescribed the rules of worship in the temple.
The temple remains closed during the winter period. In winter, the idol is taken to a place called Joshimath. The pooja is performed there. Traditional belief is that in winter Sage Narada offers pooja at the original site.
The temple is 297 kilometers from Rishikesh.
Jolygrant, Dehradun is the nearest airport (about 320 kilometers).