Badrinath is a Hindu holy town and a nagar panchayat in Chamoli district in the state of Uttarakhand, India. It is the most important of the four sites in India\'s Char Dham pilgrimage.
Badrinath was established as a major pilgrimage site by Adi Shankar in the ninth century. The temple in Badrinath is a sacred pilgrimage site for Vaishnavites.
Badri refers to a berry that was said to grow abundantly in the area, and nath means "Lord of".
The Badrinath area is referred to as Badari or Badarikaashram in Hindu scriptures. It is a place sacred to Lord Vishnu, particularly in Vishnu\'s dual form of Nara-Narayana. Thus, in the Mahabharat, Krishna, addressing Arjun, says, "Thou wast Nar in a former body, and, with Narayan for thy companion, didnt perform dreadful austerity at Badari for many myriads of years".