Bhavishya Badri Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand. It is the fourth among the ‘Sapt Badri’ temples which are a group of seven holy shrines in honour of Lord Vishnu. All the Badri temples are present in Badri-Kshetra.
It extends from Satapanth to Nandaprayag in the Alaknanda river valley. The main temple among the Sapt Badri temples is the Badrinath. And in ancient times, the path to the temple went through the badri van (Forest of berries). Hence, the suffix ‘badri’ is added to the seven holy shrines of Lord Vishnu. Bhavishya Badari is present on the way from Tapovan to Lata in the Niti valley. It is a part of the 4 Dham Yatra Package within Uttarakhand.
What is the history of Bhavishya Badri?
As per the legend associated with the history of Bhavishya Badri, when Shri Adi Shankaracharya took Badri Vishal from Tapta Kund, a prophecy was made. According to that prophecy, at the end of Kaliyuga, the mountains Nara and Narsimha will lead to blockage in the path towards Badrinath.
As a result, Lord Badri will take abode in Bhavishya Badri. From that time onward, His worship will take place at this place. Even the name of the place literally translates to ‘Future Badri’, implying that it will be the future residence of Lord Badri.
What is the significance of Bhavishya Badri?
The significance of Bhavishya Badri is that devotees believe it to be the future abode of Badrinath at the end of the Kali Yuga, when there will be destruction of the present world and creation of a new world. The temple has a sanctum with an image of Lord Narsimha.
He is an incarnation of Lord Vishnu with a lion’s head. Moreover, this temple is also associated with Narsingh Badri temple through mythology, which is also an important stop in the Char Dham Yatra of Uttarakhand.
What are the timings of Bhavishya Badri?
Here are the timings of Bhavishya Badri:
|Morning||5 AM||12 PM|
|Evening||2 PM||9 PM|
What are the festivals celebrated at Bhavishya Badri?
Some of the festivals celebrated at Bhavishya Badri are:
- Krishna Janmashtmi: It is a popular Hindu festival which celebrates the birth of Lord Krishna, the eighth incarnation of Lord Vishnu. It occurs according to the Hindu luni-solar calendar and is also a very important festival for the followers of Lord Vishnu.
- Makar Sankranti: This festival is celebrated each year in January and is to appease the Sun God. It is the first day when Sun enters Capricorn and also marks the lengthening of daytime in the forthcoming days. This day also includes colourful decorations, preparation of sweets with sesame seeds and children asking for treats and pocket money.
How to reach Bhavishya Badri?
Here’s how to reach Bhavishya Badri:
- Air: The nearest airport is Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun (272 km).
- Train: The nearest railway stations are Rishikesh and Dehradun.
- Road: It is present near the road from Joshimath to Subain Village. One has to take a trekking route of 3 km further to reach Bhavishya Badri.
Where to stay near Bhavishya Badri?
Some of the places where one can stay near Bhavishya Badri while undertaking the Char Dham Yatra are:
- Hotel Sudarshan Palace: Hotel Sudarshan Palace has facilities such as 24-hour front desk, garden area and parking facility within its premises. Amenities such as bed, bottled drinking water, access to common balcony and attached bathroom are available.
- Hotel Kuber Annex: The facilities offered here are front desk, room service, power backup, STD PCO facility, doctor on call. Massage service is also available here so that guests can relax after trekking. Helicopter booking facility is also available at the hotel.
- Hotel Heaven: The hotel offers facilities suchlike parking and telephone. With a team of skilled professionals, the property ensures the fulfilment of all needs of guest. Moreover, in case of medical emergencies, one can avail doctor on call facility at the hotel.
What are the other Sapt Badri destinations?
The other Sapt Badri destinations are:
- Adi Badri: It is the second among the ‘Sapt Badri’ temples. When Badrinath temple remains closed due to extremities in weather, devotees worship Lord Vishnu in Adi Badri temple. Moreover, the sanctum of the temple has an image of Lord Vishnu which is 1 metre high and has been carved out of black stone.
- Vridha Badri: It is the third among the ‘Sapt Badri’ temples. Devotees also believed that Adi Shankaracharya worshipped Badrinath here before enshrining Him in the main Badrinath temple. Vridha Badri is temple is open for devotees and pilgrims throughout the year.
- Yogadhyan Badri: It is the fifth among the ‘Sapt Badri’ temples. As per mythology, the Pandavas were born here, and Pandu attained salvation and died here. Yogadhyan Badri has a bronze image of Lord Vishnu. Devotees believe that Pandu installed this image, which depicts Vishnu to be meditating (Dhyan). Hence, the name of the shrine comes from the posture of the image, and it is popular as’Yoga-dhyan’ Badri.
- Dhyan Badri: It is the sixth among the ‘Sapt Badri’ temples. It has an Image of Lord Vishnu which Urvarishi established. This image of Vishnu is four-armed, made of black stone and in a mediatative posture. Also, Brahmins from Southern India serve as head priests in the temple.
- Ardha Badri: It is the seventh among the ‘Sapt Badri’ temples. In comparison to other temples, the idol of Lord Vishnu here is smaller. Hence, the name of the temple roughly means ‘the little Badri’.
These temples are also a part of the Char Dham Yatra destinations within Uttarakhand.