Sapta Badri / Panch Badri comprises a gathering of seven hallowed Hindu sanctuaries, committed to god Vishnu, situated in Garhwal Himalayas in the Indian province of Uttarakhand. The Badrinath sanctuary, called the Badri Vishal (height 3,133 m (10,290 ft)) is the essential sanctuary among the seven altars, trailed by six others, to be specific, Adi Badri, Bhavishya Badri, Yogadhayan Badri, Vriddha Badri, Ardha Badri and Dhyan Badri. The Panch Badri sanctuary circuit comprised of just initial five sanctuaries, overlooking Ardha Badri and one of either for the most part Dhyan Badri or at times Vriddha Badri. Once in a while, an eighth sanctuary, Narasingh Badri, is incorporated into the Sapta Badri or Panch Badri list.
History of Panch Badri:-
Badrinath Temple: – Badrinath one of the ‘Ancient Four Dhams’ is one of the most celebrated pilgrimage spots of the country and is situated at an elevation of 3,133 meters, guarded on either side by the two mountain ranges known as Nar & Narayan with the towering Neelkanth Peak providing a splendid backdrop. This revered spot was once carpeted with wild berries. Thus the place got the name “Badri van”, meaning “forest of berries”.
Yog Dhyan Badari: – This sanctuary is named after Pandav King. The Yog Dhyan Badari sanctuary is situated at Pandukeshwar at an elevation of 1920 m. It is 24 km shy of Badarinath on Rishikesh – Badarinath thruway. As per a fantasy, the sanctum has a picture of the Lord in a thoughtful (Yog Dhyan) pose. It is said that the Pandavas, successful after their fight against the Kauravas, however sincerely scared, went to the Himalayas. Furthermore, it was here that they gave over their capital, Hastinapur, to Raja Parikshit and took up retribution before searching out the interstate to paradise.
Bhavishya Badari :- The Bhavishya Badari is at a separation of around 17 km east of Joshimath on Joshimath-Lata-Malari course and is at a height of 2744 m. Explorers trek past Tapovan up the Dhauliganga River to achieve this sacred spot. The icon of Narsimh (the god with the head of lion) is cherished here. Customarily it is trusted that daily will come when the present course to the Badarinath will be difficult to reach and the Lord Badarinath will be adored here and this is the reason the place is called Bhavishya Badari.
Vridha Badri: – The Vridha Badri sanctuary is a Hindu sanctuary committed to Lord Vishnu. The Vridha sanctuary is arranged in Animath town of Uttarakhand, India. This town is 7 km from Joshimath. The Vridha Badri sanctuary is situated at an elevation of 1380 meters above ocean level. The name of the Virdha Badri sanctuary comes in Sapta Badri Yatra. In the Vridha sanctuary, the statue of Lord Vishnu is built up as an old man. Consequently the name of this sanctuary is vridha and Badri is a name of God Vishnu.
Adi Badri :- The Adi Badri the main sanctuary complex among the Panch Badri sanctuaries is an antiquated hallowed place committed to Vishnu and is one among a chain of 16 little altars situated in the slope ranges 17 kilometers (11 mi), past Karnaprayag (intersection of Pindar River and Alaknanda River in Chamoli area. Seven sanctuaries of this chain were worked amid the late Gupta period (fifth century to eighth century).