word Jyotirmath the place of Jyotirlinga of Shiva.
Shankracharya founded one of the four piths Centres
for sanyashis here. It is a halting place for the pilgrims bound
for Badrinath. It is considered to be one of the most sacred places
by Hindus who believes that Badrinath (The God Vishnu) resides here
Joshimath has a temple dedicated to Narshimsha, an incarnation
of Vishnu, an arm of the idol of this deity (which is install in
the temple) is said to be thinning daily and it is believed that
when it breaks off the road to Badrinath will be close by a land
slip. To the south of the big square in front of the temple there
is a roofed building housing a stone cistern with two brass spouts
known as Danddhara and Narshimha Dhara between which there are brass
idols of Rama and Sita.
There are several temples here, each dedicated to Haniman, Ganesha,
Surya, Gaurishankar and Naudevi respectively. These temples surround
that of Vashudeva the black stone idol install in it, which is two
meters high and stand on a lotus pedestal, being of fine craftsmanship
and being flanked by standing figures of Sridevi and Bhudevi. In
the temple are also the idols of the ten avtars of Vishnu. At a
short distance in front of the temple there is a brass idol of Garud,Vishus
The temple has a very attractive entrance gate made of wood. Going
by its structure, it appears that this temple earlier might have
been a king's palace. The temple got its present shape after renovation
works. Apart from the idol of Lord Narsingh, the idols of Lord Ram,
Laxman, Chandi and Badrinath are also located inside the temple.
This temple was constructed by the Shankaracharya with the help
of the king of Katyuri Rajwansh dynasty which previously had helped
the Shankaracharya in the propagation and promotion of the Hindu
This temple is adjacent to Vasudev temple. It has nine idols of
Nav Durga. This temple is lying in a dilapidated condition after
Located to the west of Narsingh and Vasudev temples, Jyotirmath
was set up by Adi Shankaracharya. Now only ruminants of this Math
It is a tree (kalpvriksh) located near the cave at Jyotirmath. This
tree is believed to be contemporary of the Shankaracharya. Madhyavacharya
came here at Badrikashram in 1278. He stayed here for several years.
and established Bhagwatpuran Math. Badrinath was also visited by
saint Ramanand in 1450. In fact the tradition of keeping the idol
of Badrinath inside Nrisingh temple during the winter was started
Today Joshimath has emerged as an important hill station and offers
wide tourism potential. However, of late, people seem to have forgotten
its religious and historical importance.
Nearest airport is Jollygrant, 221 kms.
Rishikesh is the nearest Railway station.
Well connected to Dehradun, Haridwar, Rishikesh, Nanital, &
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