Situated in the lush green valley of Badrinath by the holy river of Alaknanda and perched amongst the district of Chamoli Badrinath is one of the most popular destinations for devout Hindus. The presiding deity here is of Lord Vishnu who is worshipped in the form of Lord Badri after whom the whole place is named. The entire region is studded with pain relieving natural thermal hot water springs consisting of medicinal properties. Sitting majestically against the fascinating backdrop of the snow-capped mighty Nilkanth peaks and framed by the undulating greenery, this place boasts of being the spiritual hub ever since a long time.
The main attraction of the Badri Valley is the colorful and opulent-looking temple of Badrinath which is the main reason why people from far and wide flock together here. According to legend, this Adi Shankara is said to have discovered a gleaming black stone image of Lord Badrinarayan and he enshrined it inside a cave close to the hot springs of Tapt Kund, later on this was moved to the current location by the Garhwal King. The history of this temple can be traced back to as far as the Bhagavata Purana where it is referred to as the Badrika ashram, the way in which it is usually referred to in various Hindu scriptures.
Some researchers allege that this temple was once a Buddhist monastery owing to its architectural styles and finely colorful wall art. When the place opens up for darshan during the on season then this place visits an incredible amount of pilgrims from far and wide making it incredibly crowded. This place is also significant for not just Hindus and Buddhists but it is also relevant for devout Jains for being an Ashtapad. The beauty and charm of Badrinath is unparalleled to anywhere else in India.