Vridha Badri - The Panch Badri


Vridha Badri

Vridha Badri

30 June / 4:56 PM

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. 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.


General information

LatitudeData not available
Longitude Data not available
Altitude1380 mts above the sea level
LocationNimath, Joshimath.
Dedicated ToLord Vishnu
Built InData not available.

How to reach

Jolly Grant airport Dehradun is the nearest airport 268Km from Joshimath.
Rishikesh railway station is the nearest railhead 251Km from Joshimath. Rishikesh is 42.7Km from Dehradun and 23.8Km from Haridwar.
Joshimath is connected to motorable road with Rishikesh and lies on Rishikesh-Badrinath road. The route is Rishikesh-Devprayag-Srinagar-Rudraprayag-Karnaprayag-Nandprayag-Joshimath.


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