Joshimath, is also known as Jyotimath is a city and a municipal board in Chamoli District in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. Located at a height of 6150 feet, it is gateway to several Himalayan mountain climbing expeditions, trekking trails and pilgrim centres like Badrinath. It is home to one of the four cardinal pīthas established by Adi Shankaracharya.
Narsinh Temple: This is an ancient temple of Lord Vishnu in Narsinh Avtar and main temple of Joshimath. As per local belief, the right hand of this idol has become as thin as hair. On the day when it will break, the mountains Jay-Vijay (which are situated on a way to Badrinath) shall jopin and become one and Lord Badrinath of Badrinath temple will disappear from present temple and re-appear as black stone (Shaligram) at new place called Bhavishya Badri, which is situated at a distance of 10 km from Joshimath. When Badrinath temple remain closed during winter every year, one idol of Lord Badri is brought to Narsinh temple and worshiped for six months.
Places to Visit
Tapovan Tapovan is situated 10 km from Joshimath. It has natural hot water springs. It has nice view of river Dhauliganga. Ropeway A Ropeway to Auli is popular among tourists and one of the longest ropeway in Asia. “”Gari Bhawani Temple ” Beautiful temple is located 6km away from joshimath main town toward Rishikesh highway,