Dhyan Badri Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu. It is located in Urgam Valley near Kalpeshwar, in the Chamoli district, Uttarakhand at an elevation of 2,135 m above sea level. It is the sixth temple complex among the ‘Sapta Badri’ temples. It’s part of the famous ‘Sapta Badri‘ pilgrimage circuit. It is a part of the Char Dham Yatra Package within Uttarakhand.
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.
Dhyan Badri – Facts
|Location||Badri to Mata Murti road, Badrinath, |
|Best Time to Visit||May to June and September to October|
|Darshan Timings||5 AM to 12 PM |
2 PM to 9 PM
|Dress Code||Traditional Wear|
|Festivals||Krishna Janmashtmi, Makar Sankranti|
Dhyan Badri temple is dedicated to legend Urvarishi, son of the King Puranjaya, a descendant of Pandavas who meditated in the Urgam Valley for Lord Vishnu and established this shrine Tirth Dham dedicated to him.
The idol made of black stone and is a four-armed in a meditative form.
What are the timings of Dhyan Badri?
Here are the timings of the temple:
|Morning||5 AM||12 PM|
|Evening||2 PM||9 PM|
What is the significance of Dhyan Badri?
The significance of Dhyan Badri is that-
- The temple has an image of Lord Vishnu which was established by Urvarishi.
- Moreover, the temple is sometimes included in the Panch-Badri list.
- Also, Brahmins from Southern India serve as head priests in the temple.
What is the history of Dhyan Badri?
The legend of Dhyan Badri is related to Urvarishi, son of King Puranjaya of the Pandavas lineage. He meditated in Urgam valley and established a temple of Lord Vishnu here. Moreover, Kalpeshwar temple in honor of Lord Shiva is present at a distance of 2 km from Dhyan Badri.
Devotees also believe that Shri Adi Shankaracharya established Kalpeshwar Temple.
What are the festivals celebrated at Dhyan Badri?
Some of the festivals celebrated at Dhyan Badri are:
- Krishna Janmashtmi: It is a popular Hindu festival that celebrates the birth of Lord Krishna, the eighth incarnation of Lord Vishnu. It occurs according to the Hindu lunisolar calendar and is also a very important festival for the followers of Lord Vishnu.
- Makar Sankranti: This festival occurs each year in January to appease the Sun God. It is the first day when Sun enters Capricorn and marks the lengthening of daytime in the forthcoming days. This day also includes colorful decorations, preparation of sweets with sesame seeds and children asking for treats and pocket money.
How to reach Dhyan Badri?
Here’s how to reach Dhyan Badri:
- Air: The nearest airport is Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun.
- Train: Rishikesh and Haridwar are the nearest railway stations.
- Road: One can reach Helang Chatti which is on the NH7 (Chamoli – Joshimath road). From there, one has to drive to Ugram Valley where the temple is present.
Where to stay near Dhyan Badri?
Some of the places where one can stay near Dhyan 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 the 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. A 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 also the fulfillment of all needs of guests. Moreover, in case of medical emergencies, one can avail the doctor on call facility at the hotel.
What are the other Sapta Badri destinations?
The other Sapta Badri destinations are:
- Adi Badri: It is the second among the ‘Sapta 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 meter high and has been carved out of black stone.
- Vriddha Badri: It is the third among the ‘Sapta Badri’ temples. Devotees also believed that Adi Shankaracharya worshipped Badrinath here before enshrining Him in the main Badrinath temple. Vriddha Badri is temple is open for devotees and pilgrims throughout the year.
- Bhavishya Badri: It is the fourth among the ‘Sapta Badri’ temples. According to beliefs, Lord Badri will take abode in Bhavishya Badri at the end of Kaliyuga. Even the name of the place literally translates to ‘Future Badri’, implying that it will be the future residence of Lord Badri.
- Yogadhyan Badri: It is the fifth among the ‘Sapta 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.
- Ardha Badri: It is the seventh among the ‘Sapta 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’.