A great religious importance has been attached to Badrinath Puri, which was once surrounded by wild berries or "Badri" and so it was named "Badrivan". This land has been worshipped by saints and sages and has been the abode of yogies, and great hermits over the ages.
Shri Badrinath is guarded by the twin mountain ranges of Nar and Narayan range near the towering Neelkanth Peak. The other hot water tanks are "Narad Kund" & "Surya Kund" in which pilgrims take the holy bath. Badrinath stands first in the pilgrimage programs since it bears the supreme degree of faith and devotion towards God.
At the backside of Badrinath temple, a valley opens to Nilkanth peak, which embodies all the divinity of this sacred land. The pujaris of Shri Badri Nath Temple are known as the Rawal, who are generally the Namboodri Brahmin of Kerala, as part of a tradition. Adiguru Shankracharya was also a Namboodri Brahmin. The Rawal is appointed jointly by the Badrinath temple committee and Maharaja of Tehri Garhwal. The Rawal is well-versed in Sanskrit and Puja ceremonials.