Badrinath is a famous Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu, located in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand, India. It is one of the four important Char Dham pilgrimage sites and attracts millions of devotees from all over the world every year.
The history of Badrinath dates back to ancient times, and it is believed that the temple was originally built by Adi Shankaracharya in the 9th century AD. However, the current temple was built in the 17th century by the Garhwal Kings. It is said that the temple was destroyed and rebuilt several times due to natural calamities and invasions.
Badrinath is considered one of the most sacred pilgrimage sites in India, as it is believed that Lord Vishnu meditated here for thousands of years. The temple is also one of the four important Char Dham pilgrimage sites and is part of the Chota Char Dham Yatra. It is said that visiting Badrinath and taking a dip in the holy Tapt Kund can wash away all sins and bestow blessings on the devotees.
There are many legends and myths associated with Badrinath. According to one of them, Lord Vishnu was pleased with the devotion of a king named Badrinath and appeared in front of him in the form of a child. The king asked Lord Vishnu to stay in the place and bless the people, and thus the temple was built. Another myth suggests that the Pandavas, the heroes of the Indian epic Mahabharata, visited Badrinath on their way to heaven.