BADRINATH is a popular religious towns of the Hindus located in the CHAMOLI district of UTTARAKHAND in India. BADRINATH is the most important of all the four (Char) DHAMS in India. The town of BADRINATH lies between Nar and NARYANA mountain ranges and in the shadow of the mighty NILKANTHA peak, 301 km north of RISHIKESH. The town is located at an elevation of 3,133mts above sea level on the left bank of ALAKANANDA River.
According to legend, the temple was originally established by ADI SHANKARACHARYA which was renovated several times after its establishment. BADRINATH is also one of the PANCH BADRIS. The other four BADRIS are YOGADHYAN BADRI, BHAVISHYA BADRI, BRIDHA BADRI or the 'Old BADRI' and ADI BADRI.
The mountains around BADRINATH are mentioned in the Mahabharata, where the PANDAVAS are said to have ended their life by ascending the slopes of a peak in western GARHWAL called SWARGAROHINI - literally, the 'Ascent to Heaven'. Local legend has it that the PANDAVAS passed through BADRINATH and the town of MANA, 4 km north of BADRINATH, on their way to SWARGA (heaven). There is also a cave in MANA where the great sage VED VYASA is believed to have written the epic Mahabharata.