Like Kedarnath, it is situated in
Badarikasram, an integral part of Rudra Himalaya,
but is separated by a huge. high mountain range; else both would have been lying
at a stone's throe f tom each other. As they stand separated by a big mountain
with two snowcapped tall peaks, the representative forms of Nara and Narayana
lost in deep meditation, they appear to be in two` different worlds altogether.
As the high snow-covered mountain range does not allow easy passage to
Badarinath from Kedarnath, pilgrims take a circuitous route, adding about 200 odd
kilometers more. Among the special features that mark it out from the Kedarnath
shrine, Bramha Kapal ranks first. It is a place of unique spiritual significance
for offering Pindas to the manes, and it lies on the right bank of Alakananda,
the principal tributary of the Ganges.