There are many scared spots of pilgrimage in the heavens, earth and the neither world, but there has been none equal to Badrinath. Surrounded by a beautiful valley, on the banks of holy river Alaknanda, with the Neelkanth Mountains as the backdrop. Badrinath Dham is the holiest of the four shrines. Along with Holy Badrinath Dham, there are four more Badris, collectively known as Panch Badri.
(1) BADRINATH: The name Badrinath is derived from wild berries locally called Badri. The 15 mtr. High temple is built in the form of Cone with a small cupola of a gilt bull and spire. It is believed that present temple was built by Adi Guru. Shankaracharya. The temple has three parts – Garbha Girha, Darshan Mandap and Shobha Mandap
(2) YAGADHYAN BADRI: Situated at a height of 1920 mtr. above sea level and at a distance of 24 km. Closet to the temple of Badrinath lies thing, sleepy hamlet which remains unnoticed by most pilgrims and is the winter home for the idol at Badrinath.
(3) BHAVISHYA BADRI: Situated at a height of 2744 mtr. Above sea level and at a distance of 17 km. east of joshimath. It is believed that when evil will be on the rise in this world, Nar and Narayan Parvat at Badrinath will close up and banish the present route of Badrinath. Lord Badrinath will then appear at Bhavishya Badri temple.
(4) VRIDHA BADRI: At a distance of 52 km, about 7 km short of Joshimath on main Rishikesh – Badrinath also known as “Old Badri”. It is believed that Badrinath was worshiped here before its enshrinement at the main or present seat.
(5) ADI BADRI: It is the farthest (146 km) from the other four Badris. It is approachable from karanprayag, on the way to Ranikhet.
HOW TO REACH: From Rishikesh by road. Rishikesh is well connected to the major parts of the country.