Badrinath is a Hindu holy city and a nagar panchayat in Chamoli district in the state of Uttarakhand. Nestled between the Nar and Narayan mountain ranges, the Badrinath Temple is set against the backdrop of the mighty Neelkanth Parvat and is known for its stunning natural beauty. Badrinath area is called Badrikashram in Hindu scriptures. It is a sacred place for Vishnu, especially Vishnu in the dual form of Nar-Narayan. Badrinath is part of the holy Char Dham Yatra which includes visiting four of the most religious places in India, revered by Hindus. Some people also call it a pilgrimage which every Hindu must do at least once in his life. Badrinath Temple is one of the holiest places to visit in Badrinath. The history of Badrinath temple is unclear. According to one belief, this temple was a Buddhist temple till the 8th century after which Adi Shankaracharya converted it into a Hindu temple. Situated on the banks of river Alaknanda, Badrinath temple looks attractive from outside through the colorful main gate. Badrinath temple remains closed for six months from November to April every year. On the concluding day, an Akhand Jyoti lamp is lit for six months and the image of Badrinath is shifted to the Narasimha temple at Jyotirmath.