Joshimath North India Temple
¤ Famous As A Pilgrim Centre
Altitude : 1,875m
from Badrinath, Joshimath is a pilgrim centre in north India in its
own right. When the Badrinath Temple is closed in winter, devotees
throng to worship at the Narsimha Temple at Joshimath.
¤ Main Attractions
The temple is about 1200 years old.
Dedicated to Vishnu, the presiding deity of the temple is Narsimha,
the half-man, half-lion and fourth incarnation of Vishnu. Like
Badrinath, he is also sitting in the padmasana. The characteristic
feature of the deity is that its left wrist is very thin and is
getting thinner by the day.
Situated some 30 yards from the Narsimha Temple, the Vasudeva Temple
is one of the most famous Vishnu temples in north India. It was
considered very sacred by the Tamil vaishnavite saints known as alvars
(see History of Kerala). The presiding deity of the temple is Vasudeva
who is identified with Vishnu. The idol is carved out of a piece of
black stone measuring 6 feet in height.
Rudraprayag is situated on the confluence of the rivers Mandakini
and Alaknanda in north India. It is home to the Rudranath Temple that
is dedicated to Shiva. Near the temple is the place where Narada, an
ancient Indian sage reputed to be the inventor of the veena, a musical
instrument, is believed to have meditated.