Panch Badri Yatra is the pilgrimage undertaken by devotes in order to take the blessings of different forms taken by Lord Vishnu. It is revered as the collection of five holy shrines that belongs to Lord Vishnu. It is named after the five abode of Lord Vishnu that is positioned in the Dev bhoomi of Uttarakhand State. Devotees called them Badri showing their love towards the Lord. The holy abode of Lord Vishnu experience the footfall of thousands of pilgrims, every year, who pace up to attain peace of mind.
Nestled at different locations between the altitude levels of 1380mtrs and 3133mtrs, the five temples of Lord Vishnu are dedicated to the Panch Badri’s. The five badri are Vishal Badri, Adi Badri, Bhavishya Badri, Vridha Badri and Yogdhyan Badri. All the badri are placed in the Alaknanda River Valley of the Gharwal Himalayas and become the highly revered source of doing worship and meditation for the pilgrims.
Panch Badri is the holy shrine wherein Lord Vishnu is preached in several forms. Here, the Lord Vishnu is worshipped at different places and by different names. It is believed that Lord Vishnu had settled here for some time. Devotees believe in taking the parikrama of this bundle of holy shrines in order to attain salvation from their sins and to attain peace of mind and soul.
Also, famous by the name ‘Badrinath’, this temple is nestled at an altitude of 3133mtrs above sea level. It is one of the largest and most popular holy shrines dedicated to Lord Vishnu among all the five badri. The main temple of Badrinath is also revered as Badrinarayan Temple which is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and ranked among 108 Divya Deshams or holy shrines of Vaishnavities. Also, Badrinath is known to be an important part of The Chardham Yatra.
Lord Vishnu is seated at Adi Badri. On the road from Karnaprayag to Ranikhet, 16 temples are enrooted that belong to the Gupta Period. Among them, a Narayana Temple is nestled that beholds a black stone idol of Lord Vishnu. The temple gained recognition due to its black stone idol and pyramidal shaped platforms. Also, the place where the temple is located comes under Badrikshetra and that that’s why it got the name Adi Badri.
Located at an altitude of 2744mts above sea level, this Bhavishya Badri or future Badri can be reached via crossing thick forests that surrounds Tapovan. Here the image of God Narsingh, the lion headed incarnation of Lord Vishnu is enshrined. Pilgrims undertake the trek of 6km via Tapovan Dhauliganga to reach the temple of Bhavishya Badri.
Located at an altitude of 1380mtrs, this temple was located at Animath. Being the first holy place of Badrinath, it receives great acknowledgement for holding the idol of Badrinath before the beginning of the Kali age. Lord Vishnu removes himself from the temple when the mankind entered the Kali age period. The temple remains open throughout the years.
Located at an altitude of 1920mtrs at Pandukeshwar, the temple holds an immense importance in the history of Panch Badri. The temple is named after King Pandu, after they made the victory over Kauravas and hailed towards the journey to attain salvation for feeling guilty of committing the deeds. The temple holds the idol of the Lord in the meditative posture.
The best time to visit and seek blessings of the Panch Badri is between the months of May and June and September and October.
By Air: Jolly Grant Airport located in Dehradun is the nearest air landmark that offers quick and smooth accessibility to Badrinath.
By Rail: Rishikesh and Kotdwar serve the nearest railway joints to reach Badrinath.
By Road: Regular buses are easily accessible to reach Badrinath via Haridwar, Delhi and Rishikesh.