Badrinath-one of the 'Chardham' of the country

Badrinath is one of the chardham of the country and uttarakhand and the temple of Shri Badrinath ji or lord Vishnu is situated on the bank of river Alaknanda at an elevation of 3133 mts,above sea level.It is believed that worshiping at this shrine is a means of liberating the soul from the bound of the transmigration.It is an important destination on the sacred itinerary of every devout hindu.The revered shrine is still alive with myriad legends from mythology.Facing the temple at the bank of alaknanda river is a hot water spring known as "tapt kund".The present temple is believed to have been built by Adi Guru Shankracharya-an 8th century's philosopher saint.The temple is approximately 50 ft.tall with a small cupola on top,covered with a gold gilt roof.A broad stairway leads up to a tall arched gateway,which is the main entrance.The temple is divided into three parts-"garbh griha","darshan mandap" where rituals are conducted and third one is "sabha mandap" where the devotees assemble.Badrinath is closed during the winter as the area becomes snow-covered.