The Badrinath Temple is dedicated to Vishnu, the Preserver in the holy Hindu Trinity. The presiding deity of the temple is Badrinath who is depicted sitting in the ‘padmasana’ and is surrounded by a host of Gods, including Kubera who also has a separate shrine to herself within the temple complex. Built at the confluence of the Alaknanda and Rishi Ganga, the temple is open for six months of the year – from April to May and October to November, but it's day of opening is determined on the day of Basant Panchami (in February – March) and closing is determined on Dussehra (October), in accordance with astrological configurations. In 2015 the Badrnitah Temple is open from April 25th.
The Badrinath shrine is believed to be as old as time itself. Badrinath is sacred to Lord Vishnu, particularly in Vishnu's dual form of Nara-Narayana. Badrinath temple was re-established by Adi Shankracharya in the 8th century as part of his mission to enliven Hinduism. Located on the banks of the Rishi Ganga (Alaknanda), the temple, and the numerous ancient sites around it, a visit is indeed a worthy goal to aim for. The 21 - kilometre distance from Govind ghat is as exhilarating as it is visually exciting – and this closeness to the majesty of nature serves to re-inspire faith and awe in the almighty. It is no wonder that Badrinath, despite the difficult journey to the place, is one of the most visited shrines in the country.