On seeing Vishnu doing penance in open harsh conditions in the
Himalayas, Goddess Lakshmi took the form
of a Badari Tree and gave protection from the adverse weather.
After this divine incident the place got the name Badrinath and Vishnu the name Badari Narayan.
It is also believed that Vishnu showed that both Narayana (God) and Nar (Human) are his forms to Sage Narada at
Two mountains surrounding the Badrinath Badrinath Temple Temple
is known as Nar and Narayana.
The murti of Vishnu worshipped is carved out of Shaligramam stone. Badari Narayan is seen under the Badari tree, flanked by Kuber and Garuda, Sage Narada, Narayan and Nar.