Description : Joshimath is nestled in the Himalayas at a height of 6150 feet above sea level, enroute to Badrinath from Rishikesh. Joshimath is considered to be a center of great significance for pilgrims traveling in the Garhwal region of Uttarpradesh. 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 Badri 6150 feet above sea level. 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 Kamat (7750m) in the north.
ThirumangaiAzhwar the Azhwar Saint of the 9th century CE, sings in Tamil in ten verses, of Perumaal (Rama) at Thiruppirudi. ThirumangaiAzhwar refers to Perumaal as Rama, Krishna and as 'Paraman' reclining on the thousand headed serpent. It is widely interpreted that ThirumangaiAzhwar has sung of Vasudeva here in his decad of 10 verses. Another school of thought holds that Nandaprayag - the confluence of rivers Nandakini and Alaknanda. situated at a distance of 190 kms from Rishikesh. is Thiruppirudi. .There is a temple to Gopala at Nandaprayag.