At a height of 3133m (10248 feet) above sea level in shrine, built in 8th century AD, consecrated to Vishnu in the form of Badrinath. Legend has it that while Vishnu was doing his penance here, goddess Lakshmi assumed the form of a Badri tree to shelter him from the elements. Thus the temple of Badri Narayan i.e. lord of Badri (Lakshmi). Apart from the temple to lord badri vishal, there is also the laksshmi narayan temple, and the famous hot water springs of Taptkund on the tanks of the chilly river Alaknanda. The route to Badrinath is itself redolent with history and various pilgrim sites as it winds its way up the hills. The winter home of the lord Badri Vishal is Joshimath.
The current temple was built by the Adi Shankaracharya in the 8th century Ad. The Kedarnath shrine is dedicated to lord shiva. This magnificient temple is located in the Rudra Himalaya range, and is the highest mong the 12 Jyotirlingas. According to legends the Pandavas sought the blessings of lord Shiva to atone theirs in after the battle of Mahabharata. Lord Shiva eluded them repatedly and while fleeing took refuge at Kedarnath in the form of a bull. On being followed, he dived into ground leaving behind his hump on the surface. Outside the temple door a large statue of the Nandi Bull stands as guard. A conical rock formation inside the temple is worshipped as Lord Shiva in his Sadashiva form. At the approach of winters in the month of November, the holy statue of Lord Shiva, is carried down from Kedarnath to Ukhimath, and is reinstated at Kedarnath, in the first week of May.