Yogdhyan Badri temple (1829 metres) is located at Pandukeshwar village near Govind Ghat in the district of Chamoli, Uttarakhand. Yogdhyan Badri temple is one of the Sapt Badri temples with Badri Vishal as primary among all. According to the religious texts the king Pandu worshipped here to get rid him from the sin of killing of two mating deer; the two deer were ascetics in their previous lives.
King Pandu died and attained salvation here. The Pandavas were also born here, so this place is very important in terms of religious point of view. The king Pandu installed here an image of Vishnu in meditating posture thus the image got its name – Yogdhyan Badri. This idol is big and life size carved out of Shaligram stone.
Pandavas had fought war against Kauravas known as Mahabharat and after defeating the Kauravas, all Pandava brother came to this place for penance as they had killed their kith and kin in the war. From this place, the Pandavas had gone further to Swargarohini for paying their penance and finally reaching to heaven.
As per a copper plate inscription under the rule by early Katyuri Rajas this place has been identified as Panchal Desh. Another historical location near this place is Suryakund, a hot water spring, where Kunti had given birth to her son Karna fathered by Sun God “Surya”. Kunti had got married to king Pandu at Pandukeshwar.
It is said that king Arjun also meditated here which attracted God Indra. God Indra sent Pari (angel) to distract Arjun from meditation but Arjun did not get distracted and finally Indra God blessed Arjun. It is believed that the idol of Vishnu which is present at the temple was given by Indra God to Arjun as gift.
At the temple, there are three idols installed those of Lord Vishnu, Goddess Laxmi and Madri. All these three idols are installed above a shivling inside the temple.
Yogdhyan is also known to be the winter seat for Badrinath Utsava-murti (festival image). Hence the pilgrimage is incomplete without offering prayers to this temple.