Badrika Kshetra or Badrikashrama
Lord Shiva replied--' Badrikashrama is an eternal city and Lord Narayana is its presiding deity. A mere sight of Badrikashrama is enough to free a man from all the bondage of life. There are numerous other holy places situated in the vicinity, Kedaranatha being one of them.'
To emphasize the significance of Badrikashrama, Lord Shiva narrated the following tale to Kartikeya--' In Satyayuga, Lord Vishnu existed in his physical form at Badrikashrama for the benediction of human beings. But, in Tretayuga, only sages had the privilege of perceiving him with the help of yoga. At the advent of Dwapara things changed drastically and Lord Vishnu just disappeared from Badrikashrama. Deities became worried and asked Lord Brahma about the reason that made Lord Vishnu disappear. Even Lord Brahma had no answer to this question. Thinking that Lord Vishnu must have gone to Ksheera sagara-his eternal abode, all the deities led by Brahma went there. They eulogized Vishnu, who emerged from the Ksheera sagara. But, none of the deities except Lord Brahma could see him. Lord Vishnu told Brahma that the main reason why he disappeared from Badrikashrama was the flawed intelligence and arrogance of the deities. Brahma informed the deities whatever Vishnu had told him. All the deities were ashamed of themselves and returned to heaven with long faces. Feeling pity on the deities, I (Shiva) disguised myself as a sanyasi and carried Lord Vishnu's idol from Naradateertha to Badrikashrama and installed it over there to uplift the sagging morale of the deities. This is how Lord Vishnu once again graced Badrikashrama with his presence. Even a grain of 'prasad' had at Badrikashrama is enough to liberate a man from all his sins.
OM NAMO NARAYANAYA