Adi Badri temple is located in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand in India. This temple is one of the Sapt badri temples located in Badri Khsetra of Uttarakhand. The Sapt badri temples are as follows: 1) Badri Vishal or Badrinath 2) Adi Badri 3) Vridha Badri 4) Dhyan Badri 5) Ardha Badri 6) Bhavishya Badri and 7) Yogdyan Badri. For more on Sapta Badri Temples …….please click.
Adi Badri, located in a hilly region, is 17 km from Karnaprayag, Chamoli district. The other name of this temple is Helisera according to revenue records. This temple is one of the sixteen temples constructed during late Gupta period. The builder of this temple “Adi Badri” is attributed to Adi Shankar known for promoting Hinduism to every part of India. During ancient times, this temple was worshipped when the main Badrinath temple was closed during winters.
The complex of the temple consists of the area of 14 mtr. x 30 mtr. The height of temples varies from 2 mtr. to 6 mtr. The main temple is that of Vishnu Bhagwan, which is raised on a platform. The Vishnu idol is 1 m, tall black stone, which depicts Vishnu Bhagwan holding a mace, lotus and chakra. The other temples are dedicated to Shiva, Mantra Devi and a Kund (pond) which are also located within the premises; the Kund is believed to be the origin source of the Saraswati river.
As per ancient texts, it is believed that Vishnu resided in Adi Badri during Satyug, Treta and Dwapar and moved to badrinath in Kalyug. According to prophecy, it is believed that the Lord Vishnu will shift to Bhavishya Badri with the end of Kalyug and Satyug begins thereafter. After the lord Vishnu shall shift to Bhavisya Badri, Adi Badri shall be known as Yog Badri as per the religious texts.
The best season to visit Adi Badri : May to June and September to October.
The Adi Badri pilgrimage was started by Adi Shankar in 8th century AD. During summers, every year, in May-June pilgrims visit Adi Abdri and on Kartika Poornima (Nov – Dec) the pilgrims visit the temple to participate in the Kapal Mochan fair. The pilgrims take a holy dip in Kapal Mochan kund and worship the idol as ritual ceremony.
Adi Badri is an integral part of Lord Vishnu’s abodes in the Badri Khsetra.