Adi Badri - The Panch Badri


Adi Badri

Adi Badri

30 June / 4:56 PM

Adi Badri is part of famous Panch Badri of Uttarakhand. It is a group of sixteen temples, belonging to the Gupta age(5th century to 8th century). These were sanctioned by Adi Shankaracharya who wanted to spread the tenets of Hinduism to every remote corner of the country. Among them is the Narayan temple, where a black stone idol of Vishnu, three feet high is enshrined. This place is within the Badrikshetra, and Badrinath being the name for Vishnu, the temple is known as the Adi Badri.

It is believed that these temples, dating to the Gupta age(5th century to 8th century), were sanctioned by Adi Shankaracharya who wanted to spread the tenets of Hinduism to every remote corner of the country.


What the history says

People beleive that pandavas came here after giving up their kingdom Hastinapur to King Parikshit.


Best time to visit

The ideal time or peak season to go for a Char Dham Yatra is from May to October, except monsoons. This is because; all the four sacred sites are perched in Garhwal Himalayas, which is prone to heavy snowfall. As a result, all the passage leading to the shrines are blocked. Moreover, during the monsoon season, there is undue threat of having landslides, which can further disrupt the journey. For safety reasons, the gates of the temples are also closed for this period of time and the idols are shifted to nearby pilgrim points. Weather can vary.


General information

Latitude30° 27' N
Longitude 77° 28' E
Altitude2135 mts above the sea level
LocationPandukeshwar
Dedicated ToMeditative posture of Lord Vishnu
Built InBelieved to be built during Gupta age

How to reach

Jolly Grant airport Dehradun is the nearest airport 187Km from Karnaprayag.
Haridwar railway station is only 194Km from Karnaprayag and 1Km from main Haridwar city from where buses, jeep and car are found for Gangotri tour. Haridwar railway station is well connected with rest of the parts of India. Rishikesh railway station is 171Km from Karnaprayag.
You can reach Adi Badri from Dehradun or Nainital or elsewhere by roadways. Adi Badri is an hour's drive from Karnaprayag and close to Chulakot on the way to Ranikhet.


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Badrinath

Badrinath was originally established as a pilgrimage site by Adi Shankara in the ninth century. It is said that Shankara discovered the image of Badrinarayan in the Alaknanda River and enshrined it in a cave near the Tapt Kund (Hot Spring).

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Bhavishya Badri

The Bhavishya Badri is at a distance of about 17 kms. east of Joshimath on Joshimath-Lata-Malari route, amidst the thick forests surrounding Tapovan. Pilgrims trek beyond Tapovan up the Dhauliganga River to reach this holy place. The idol of Narsimha (the god with the head of lion) is enshrined here.

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Vridh Badri

Vridha Badri is situated at Animath in Chamoli district in Uttarakhand state of India. It is 1,380 meters above the sea level and 7Kms from Joshimath in Joshimath-Badrinath road. Vridha Badri lies on the way to Kalpeshwar Mahadev Temple and can be reached before Helang.

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Yogdhyan Badri

The Yogdhyan Badari temple is located at Pandukeshwar at an altitude of 1920 m. It is 24 km short of Badrinath on Rishikesh -Badrinath highway. The idol, depiciting a meditative posture of the Lord, is worshipped here.

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