Badrinath is a holy town situated between the two mountains Nar and Narayan. in Chamoli district in the state of Uttarakhand, India. The main entrance gate of Badrinath temple is known as “Singhdwar”. The temple is approx 50 feet tall with a small cupola on top, covered with a gold gilt roof. The Badrinath temple is divided into three parts- the ‘Garbha Griha’ or the sanctum sanctorum, the ‘Darshan Mandap’ where the rituals are conducted and the ‘Sabha Mandap’ where devotees assemble. At the Gate, directly opposite to the main Idol of Lord himself, is seated the Idol of bird Garud, the vehicle of Lord Badrinarayan, sitting in prayer with his hands folded. The name of the tirtha originates from the local word badri which is a type of a wild berry. It is said that when Lord Visnu sat in penance in these mountains, His consort Goddess Laxmi took the form of a berry tree and shaded him from the harsh sun. It is not only the dwelling place of the Lord Himself but also home to countless pilgrims, saints and sages, who meditate here in search of enlightenment. According to Hindu legend, the god Vishnu sat in meditation at this place, keeping away from Thuling, a place in the Himalayas which was corrupted by meat-eating monks and unchaste people. During his meditation, Vishnu was unaware of cold weather. Lakshmi, his consort, protected him in the form of the Badri tree (jujube or Indian date). Pleased by the devotion of Lakshmi, Vishnu named the place Badrika Ashram. According to Atkinson (1979), the place used to be a jujube forest, which are not found there today. Vishnu in the form of Badrinath is depicted in the temple sitting in the padmasana posture. According to the legend, 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.