Badrinath is clearly mentioned in religious texts as far back as the Vedic period. Some accounts claim that the temple was built on a former Buddhist temple site.
One legend explains the reason that Vishnu is shown sitting in padmasana, rather than reclining. According to the story, Vishnu was chastised by a sage who saw Vishnu's consort Lakshmi massaging his feet. Vishnu went to Badrinath to perform austerity, meditating for a long time in padmasana. To this day, the area around Badrinath attracts yogis who come for meditation and seclusion.
Another story says that Shiva and Parvati were doing tapas in Badrinath. Vishnu came in disguise as a small boy, crying loudly and disturbing them. Parvati asked the reason for his crying and he replied that he wanted Badrinath for meditation. Shiva and Parvati found that it was Lord Narayan in disguise. They then left Badrinath and moved to Kedarnath.
According to the Bhagavata Purana, "There in Badrikashram the Personality of Godhead-Vishnu, in his incarnation as the sages Nara and Narayana, had been undergoing great penance since time immemorial for the welfare of all living entities." The Skanda Purana states that “There are several sacred shrines in heaven, on earth, and in hell; but there is no shrine like Badrinath.” The area around Badrinath was also celebrated in Padma Purana as abounding in spiritual treasures.
Badrinarayan Temple Badrinath
Every year in the month of September, a big fair is organized in honor of the mother of Lord Badrinath called Mata Murti Ka Mela. Badri Kedar Festival is held in the month of June in the shrines of both Badrinath and Kedarnath. The festival lasts for 8 days.
The temple is open only six months every year , due to extreme weather conditions in the Himalayan region.In November each year, when the town of Badrinath is closed, the image is moved to nearby Jyotirmath/Joshimath
The nearest airport to the holy town of Badrinath is the Jolly grant airport at Dehradun, the Capital city of Uttaranchal, which is around 317 kms away from the pilgrimage center of Badrinath.
Badrinath is in the Garhwal hills, on the banks of the Alaknanda River, between the Nar and Narayana mountain ranges and in the shadow of Nilkantha peak . Badrinath is located 301 km north of Rishikesh. From Gaurikund to Badrinath by road is 233 km. Well- maintained, the metallic road up to Badrinath, which is well-connected to a number of the other cities of Uttaranchal and its neighbouring provinces. The city is well connected to almost all the cities of the region by an efficient and regular network of transportation
The nearest railway station to reach the temple is at Rishikesh, which has a small railway terminal. The Haridwar railway junction, 24 km farther from Rishikesh, has train connections to most of the major cities in India.