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Sapta Badri of Uttarakhand, India

Sapta Badri constitutes a group of seven diety Hindu temples, dedicated to Lord Vishnu, located in Garhwal Himalayas in the Indian state of Uttarakhand.  The home of Lord Vishnu in the Alaknanda river valley starts from Satapanth (about 24 kms above Badrinath) and extending till Nandprayag is known as “Badri-Kshetra” (the area of the Badri) as all the Badri temples are situated here.
The seven sacred Temples are : —
  1. The Badri Vishal (primary temple)
  2. Adi Badri
  3. Vridha Badri
  4. Bhavishya Badri
  5. Yogadhyan Badri
  6. Dhyan Badri
  7. Ardha Badri
Badri Vishal or Badrinath temple
Badri Vishal temple is the prime temple of Sapt Badri regions. This is one of the four sared Dhams of India which are called “Char Dham”.  It is believed that this temple is built during the Vedic period. And later, it is re-built by Adi Shakaracharya in the 8th century AD.
Adi Badri
The Adi Badri is the first temple coplex of Sapt Badri temples.  This is an ancient pilgrimage of Lord Vishnu.  It is believed that Adi Shankara is the person who built all the temples to spread Hinduism to every part of the country.  In earlier times, when the main Badrinath shrine was not accessible due to the extreme weather conditions, devotees worshipped Lord Vishnu at this temple.  This is a small temple complex which is built over a raised platform. The temple is located 3 kilometers away from Chandpur Fort and about an hour’s drive from Karnprayag.
Vridha Badri
This is a stern shrine which is located at Animath Village, 7 kms away from Joshimath village.  According to the beliefs, Lord Vishnu took the form of a Vridha (old man) and appeared here, therefore, the idol which is installed inside the temple is in an old man’s form. It is believed that Badrinath’s image was carved by Vishwakarma, the divine craftsman.  Throuout the year, the temple remains open for worship.
Bhavishya Badri
The temple is located at a height of approx. 2,744 m above the sea level in Subhain village which is approx. 17 km away from Joshimath. Beyond this Subhain village there is a 6 km trek has to climb to reach the shrine.  According to the belief, the Bhavishya Badri (meaning is the future’s badri) will appear in the future when evil will take over the world, then the Nara and Narayana mountains would block the Badrinath route and the shrine would not be accessible. It is believed, that the present world will be destroyed and the new one will be established, then the Badrinath will appear at Bhavishya Badri Temple and not at the current Badrinath temple.
Yogadhyan Badri
It is also called Yoga-Badri.  It is located at a height of 1,829 m from the sea level at Pandukeshwar, closed to Govind Ghat.  It is as old as the main Badrinath temple.  As per the beliefs, King Pandu (the father of Pandavas) meditated here to God Vishnu and installed the bronze image of Lord Vishnu .
Dhyan Badri
Dhyan Badri is situated at the height of 2,135 m above the sea level at Urgam valley which is close to Kalpeshwar.  In the temple a four armed image of Lord Vishnu which is made of black stone and is in the posture of meditation.
Ardha Badri
This temple is located on the road which connects Joshimath and Tapovan where one can only reach by trekking.  The temple is called Ardha Badri which means the “half Badri” because the size of the idol is quite small.
How to access
While some shrines are approached by roads, others are approachable from the nearest road head by trekking on the Rishikesh-Badrinath Highway.
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