Maybe it's time to review where our tradition comes from.

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The image of Shri Badri Narayana here is fashioned out of a Saligramam
stone. Shri Badri Narayana is seated under the badari tree, flanked by
Kubera and Garuda, Narada, Narayana and Nara. Lord Badri Narayan is armed
with Conch and Chakra in two arms in a lifted posture and two more arms
rested on the lap in Yoga Mudra. There is also a shrine to Adi Sankara, and
the procedures of daily pujas and rituals are supposed to have been
prescribed by the Adi.

Are we agreed so far?

Description - The principal image is of black stone and it represents
Vishnu seated in meditative pose.

According to Kathleen Cox, a recent visitor to the shrine, "The Badrinath
shrine is a famous vastu-designed temple that has been renovated through
the centuries. Certain beliefs consider this image to be that of the
Buddha, given the seated posture and the placement of the arms. The
meditative pose of the black stone representation of Vishnu certainly
recalls the Buddha, which is not a coincidence - the Buddha was the ninth
avatar of Vishnu."

Mythology - According to Lama Govinda, "There can be no doubt about the
symbolical relationship between the Mahayana-Buddha Amitabha, the Buddha of
infinite light, and Vishnu, the sun-god."

Both of them are supposed to incarnate their love and compassion in the
form of helpers and teachers of humanity as bodhisattvas and avatars. Both
of them have the wheel of the law as their attribute.

Other common attributes are the tree of enlightenment and the stupa. Thus
the solar symbolism of the world tree came again into iconography, while
the hemisphere of the stupa became the element of vertical spiritual

Work cited:

'The Psycho-cosmic Symbolism of the Buddhist Stupa'
by Lama Anagarika Govinda
Dharma Publishing 1976
Paper. 102 p. Illustrated. Index.
p. 41-42

'Vastu Living'
Creating a Home for the Soul
by Kathleen Cox
Marlowe and Company 2000
247 p. Paper. Illustrated. Glossary. Index.

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