A major pilgrimage site in the Himālayas, close to the source of the Gaṅgā in Uttaranchal (formerly in Uttar Pradesh), and sacred to Viṣṇu as Nara-Nārayaṇa. Śaṅkara is said to have spent four years there as a student. It is regarded as one of the four dhāmas (dwelling places of the gods). Four subsidiary sites are also known as ‘Badrīs’; with Badrīnāth itself they make up the Pañcabadrī (‘Five Badrīs’). See also dhāma; Jyotirmaṭh.