Panch means five. The Panch Badri constitutes a group of five sacred Hindu temples, dedicated to Lord Vishnu which are located in Garhwal region of Uttarakhand.
At Panch Badri Lord Vishnu is worshipped at five different places and under five different names. The five temples of lord Vishnu settled at five different places starting from the height of 1,380 meters to 3,133 meters, have the idols of lord Vishnu in different forms. They are Adi Badri, Badrinath, Bhavishya Badri, Vridh Badri and Yogdhyan 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.
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). Later the King of Garhwal moved that image to the present temple. Since then the temple has undergone several major renovations by many people.
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. Visitors pass the serene Tapovan a place known for its hot water springs en route to the banks of the Dhauliganga, and on to the shrine.
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.
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.