Badrinath is one of the four Shrines of popular Char Dham along with Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri. Badrinath is a panchayat in Chamoli district  of Uttarakhand State in Himalayan Range. Badrinath is the gateway to several mountain expeditions like Nilkantha. Badri refers to a berry  a small, pulpy and edible fruit grow in large quantity in the area and nath means “Lord”.  In olden days Pilgrims used to walk to  reach Badri. Adi Sankaracharya re-built Badrinath temple in 8th century and refurbished numerous times after its construction. The temple was destroyed severally in repeated earthquakes. Badrinath is at a height of 12000 feet above sea level and the famous two hot springs Tapti Kund and Surya Kund maintain the temperature of 500 C round the year. The legend is that Lord Vishnu in his incarnation as Nar and Narayana, undertook penance for the welfare of universe in an open area at Badrinath, that Goddess Lakshmi protected from the from adverse weather conditions with shelter in the form of Badri (Regu) tree.

Since Lakshmi protected her husband (Nath) in the form Badri (Regu)tree, Vishnu being called with the name of Badrinath. Sage Narada also took up an act of penance here and recited the divine chants called Ashta Akshara Mantra otherwise known as “Om Namo Narayanaya”.

Visitors may visit for full information in Badari Vishal or Badrinath.