Narsingh Devta Temple

Narasimha or Narsingh Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Narasimha, the fourth Avatar of Lord Vishnu. This temple is located in Joshimath of Chamoli district of Uttarakhand, India. Narasimha Temple is one of the most popular temples of Joshimath. This temple is also called Narasingh Badri or Narasimha Badri. Narasimha Temple is known in the name of Narasimha Devata Temple in Joshimath. This temple is one of the Pilgrimage of the Sapta Temples. Lord Narasimha is known to protect his devotee Prahlad and to kill the monster Hiranyakashipu.

The main idol in Narsingh Temple, which is established in the form of half-a-lion and half-man, is the fourth incarnation of Lord Vishnu. It is believed that the establishment of this temple was done by Shri Shankaracharya. The idol of God Narasimha established in the temple, is made of stone of Shaligram. This statue was constructed during the reign of King Lalitaditya Yukta Pida of Kashmir in the eighth century. It is also believed that this idol of Narasimha Deity is self manifested . The image is 10 inches (25 cm) high and depicts God sitting in lotus position.

The story of Narasimha Badri Temple is closely related to the legend of the Bhavishya Badri temple. It is believed that the left arm of the statue is decreasing over time and in the end it will disappear. The main temple of Badrinath and Badrinath shrine will be blocked and inaccessible. Then Lord Badrinath will appear in this Bhavishya Badri temple. Instead of the Badrinath temple, there will be worshipped here.

When the main Badrinath temple is closed in winter, the priests of Badrinath go to this temple and continue worshiping Badrinath here. There is a statue of Badrinath in the temple, along with the main Narasimha statue.

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