Vridh Badri - Panch Badri
June 30, 2009 | Post By: Vinay Dobhal | Editor: Neha Dhyani
Vridha Badri is situated at Animath inChamoli district in Uttarakhand state of India. It is 1,380 meters above the sea level and 7Kmsfrom Joshimath in Joshimath-Badrinathroad. Vridha Badri lies on the way toKalpeshwarMahadev Temple and can be reached before Helang. Vridha Badri is dedicated to lord Vishnu, enshrines the statue of Badri as an old man. This is why Vridha Badri gets its name where the word Vridha means old and Badri is the name of lord Vishnu in Badrikshetra.
What the history says
Legend states that Narada performed penance at this spot to please lord Vishnu. Pleased by Narada's penance, lord Vishnu appeared at Animath in the form of an old man and answered to Narada's prayer.
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.
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