The Temple of Badri Vishal:
Badrinath Temple one of the most visited Hindu Pilgrimage sites in Uttaranchal under 5 feet of snow.
Legend has it that Lord Vishnu came to the area, called ‘Badri Van’, or the berry garden, to meditate after Narad rebuked the Lord for being immersed in worldly pleasures. The main deity is a meditating Lord Vishnu. one of the three Gods of the Hindu Trinity.
A Temple has existed here from the 7th Century AD (though some evidence has been found of an even earlier shrine at the spot dating from the Buddhist period of Gandhara & even earlier to pre vedic times.
This present temple though dates back some 300 years and has some good wooden carvings which make up the ceiling and pillars.
The priest of this temple comes from a village in Kerela and this tradition dates back to the time of Adi Shankacharya the great reformer of Hinduism in the North who revived Hindu pilgrimage sites , temples and set up schools of learning across the Himalayas. He was originally born in Kerela too and this memory is kept alive.
During winter the priests and the idols are shifted to Joshimath ( mostly in the 3rd week of November) as Badrinath often gets cut off from the rest of the world due to snows which can pile up 20 ft during a bad winter making the roads useless..