Vriddha Badri Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu. It is situated at Animath in Chamoli district, Uttarakhand. It is the third temple complex among the ‘Sapta Badri’ temples. It is a part of the famous ‘Sapta Badri‘ pilgrimage circuit. It is a part of the Char Dham Yatra Package within Uttarakhand.
Vriddha Badri – Facts
|Location||Auli Rd, Joshimath Army Area, Joshimath, Uttarakhand 246443|
|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|
It extends from Satapanth to Nandaprayag in the Alaknanda river valley. 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.
Lord Vishnu appeared here as an old man before Narad who was performing penance at this place. This is why Vriddha Badri gets its name where the word Vriddha means ‘old‘ and Badri is the name of Lord Vishnu in Badrikshetra. It is a part of the Char Dham Yatra Package within Uttarakhand.
The temple is 1,380 meters above the sea level and 7 km from Joshimath in Joshimath-Badrinath road. Vriddha Badri lies on the way to Kalpeshwar Mahadev Temple and can be reached before Helang.
Vriddha Badri Temple is the destination of Char Dham Yatra that is open or reachable throughout the year for the worshiping Lord Vishnu.
What are the timings of Vriddha Badri?
The timings of the temple are:-
|Morning||5 AM||12 PM|
|Evening||2 PM||9 PM|
What is the significance of Vriddha Badri?
The significance of Vriddha Badri is-
- The temple is open for devotees and pilgrims throughout the year.
- The temple has been built in the North Indian style of architecture and has a sanctum that contains representations of Lord Vishnu.
- Moreover, the chief priests of the temple are from Southern India.
What is the history of Vriddha Badri?
According to a legend associated with the history of Vriddha Badri, Sage Narada performed penance in this region to appease Lord Vishnu. Later, Vishnu appeared in front of Narada in the form of an old man and answered to Narada’s prayer. Hence, the idol installed in this temple has the form of an old man.
Moreover, beliefs say that Vishwakarma carved the image of Badrinath and worshipped it. Years later, Shri Adi Shankaracharya found that image in this place and reinstalled it in the temple premises. Devotees also believed that Adi Shankaracharya worshipped Badrinath here before enshrining Him in the main Badrinath temple.
Festivals celebrated at Vriddha Badri
Some of the festivals celebrated at Vriddha 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 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 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 Vriddha Badri?
Here’s how to reach Vriddha Badri:
- Air: The nearest airport is Jolly Grant Airport about 269.2 km from Joshimath
- Train: Rishikesh is the nearest railway station 251.8 km from Joshimath.
- Road: Buses are available to Rishikesh from ISBT Kashmere Gate. One can use state transport to reach Joshimath. From there, one has to trek to Vriddha Badri.
Where to stay near Vriddha Badri?
Some of the places where one can stay near Vriddha 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 the fulfillment of all needs of the guest. Moreover, in case of medical emergencies, one can avail the doctor on call facility at the hotel.
Please carry valid ID proof such as Aadhar Card. It is needed at the time of booking of the hotel rooms.
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.
- 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.
- Dhyan Badri: It is the sixth among the ‘Sapta Badri’ temples. It has an image of Lord Vishnu which was established by Urvarishi. This image of Vishnu is four-armed, made of black stone and in a meditative posture. Also, Brahmins from Southern India serve as head priests in the temple.
- 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‘.
These temples are also a part of the Char Dham Yatra within Uttarakhand.