nestles in the Himalayas at a height of 6150 feet above sea level,
enroute to Badrinath from Rishikesh. There are temples to Narasimha
and Vasudeva, built by Adi Sankaracharya here. Joshimath, is the
first mutt established by Shri Adi Sankara, and is located at a
distance of 14 kms from Helang enroute to Badrinath. Adi Sankara
authored Sri Sankara Bhashyam here .
In the temple for Narasimha , is enshrined Badrinarayan along with
a pantheon of deities. The presiding deity Lord Narasimha is believed
to have been established by Adi Sankara. Joshimutt is surrounded
on three sides by the snow clad Trishul (7250m) in the south, Badri
Peaks (7100 m) in the NW, and Kamet (7750m) in the north.
Tirumangaialwar has sung in ten verses of Vishnu (Rama) at Tiruppirudi.
Tirumangaialwar refers to Vishnu as Rama, Krishna and as 'Paraman'
reclining on the thousand headed serpent. It is widely interpreted
that Tirumangaialwar has sung of Vasudeva here.
Another school of thought holds that Nandaprayag - the confluence
of rivers Nandakini and Alaknanda. situated at a distance of 190
kms from Rishikesh. is Tiruppirudi.There is a temple to Gopala at
Pilgrims visiting Divya Desams visit both the temples.
Thaayaar - Parimalavalli Naachiyaar.
Theertham - Indra Theertham, Govardana Theertham, Maanasasaras.