Badrinath is one of the holy four Dham of India and Uttarakhand. Badrinath Dham is situated in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand state, this holy dham is situated at an altitude of about 3135 meters above sea level. This famous Badrinath Dham was founded by Adi Guru Shankaracharya in the 9th century. Badrinath temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Inside the temple, the statue of Lord Vishnu is made of a black rock (Saligram stone). This temple is situated on the banks of the holy Alaknanda river. The main entrance of the temple it has been prepared by colourful ‘Singh-Dwara’ artistic composition. In the months of May to October, millions of pilgrims travel to this holy place every year. During the winter months, the temple is remains closed due to heavy snowfall in this area. Badrinath or Badrinarayan Temple is a Hindu temple. This holy temple is situated between two mountain ranges called Nar and Narayan. This temple of Lord Vishnu, built in ancient style is very spacious. Its height is about 15 meters. According to Shankaracharya's arrangement, the priest of this temple is from the state of Kerala in South India. This temple is divided into three parts, the Sanctum, the Darshan Pavilion and the Sabha Pavilion. There are 15 statues installed inside the Temple of Badrinath. This temple is also called "Vaikunth of Earth".
According to legend, this place was arranged in the form of Lord Shiva land (Kedar Land). Lord Vishnu was searching for a place for his meditation and he liked the land of Shiva near Alaknanda. At the present Charanpaduka of the place, he took the form of a child near the confluence of Rishi Ganga and the Alaknanda river and started crying. Listening to their crying, Mother Parvati and Lord Shiva came to the child and asked the child what you want, then the child demanded the place of Shiv Land (Kedar Land) to meditate. In this way, Lord Vishnu attained from Lord Shiva Mother Parvati to making Shiva land (Kedar Land) meditate. This holy place is also known today as named of Badri Vishal. Badrinath Temple is an interesting story of being Badrinath name. It is said that once Goddess Lakshmi got angered with Lord Vishnu and went to the maternal home. Then Lord Vishnu started penance to make happy Goddess Lakshmi. When Goddess Lakshmi's displeasure over, then Goddess Lakshmi reached the place looking for Lord Vishnu, where Lord Vishnu was doing penance. At that time, there was a forest of Badri (plum) at that place. Sitting in that tree, Lord Vishnu had done penance, therefore Lakshmi Ji named Lord Vishnu as "Badrinath".