Bhavishya Badri, 2,744 meters above sea level, is one of the Panch Badri pilgrimage worshipped by Hindu pilgrimages as the future Badri as it suggests by its name. Bhavishya Badri situated in Subhain village of Niti Valley on the way to Lata from Tapovan in Uttarkashi district of Dev Bhoomi Uttarakhand is believed to be the next adobe of lord Vishnu when the way to current Badrinath will be permanently closed.
A prophecy says, at the end of Kali Yuga, a landslide will occur collapsing Nara and Narayan (the terms Nara and Narayan refer to Arjun, the third son of Kunti in Hindu holy epic Mahabharata and lord Krishna respectively) hills and blocking the path to Badrinath. This devastating landslide will occur when the right arm of the statue of Narsingh (half man and half lion- 4th incarnation of lord Vishnu) currently situated in Joshimath will detach from its body. It is said that the arm of Narsingh is shrinking day by day. Scientists say that the region of Joshimath which is the only route to Badrinath temple is shrinking and is in the prominent zone of landslide which has higher chances of path blockage due to landslide in due time. If it really happen, the prophecy will be proved. The prophet has said this landslide will occur at the end of Kali Yuga and in Satya Yuga, Badrinath will transfer his seat to Bhavishya Badri.
The Narsingh temple in Joshimath is the place where Badrinath idol is worshipped during the winter season. It is also called Narsingh Badri and is included in Sapt Badri. During winter season, priests at main Badrinath temple come down to Joshimath bringing the idol of Badrinath along with them and worship the god in Narsingh Badri temple. Narsingh Badri temple has a Badrinath idol along with the Narsingh idol.
Subhain village houses a temple that the villagers believe to be secondary and the primary temple is atop a steep hill among dense pine forest and tranquil beauty. The view of valley below the range is clear and breathtaking. Trekkers forget all the pain they experienced during the uphill journey watching the beautiful Auli ski slope and Joshimath. Had anyone regretted the decision of trekking the painful journey to Bhavishya Badri will breathe a sigh of relief when the enthralling beauty of surrounding answer all the questions in her/his head. One of the toughest route in Uttarakhand hills, route to Bhavishya Badri examine the trekkers with extreme difficulty and finally rewards with unbeatable pleasure. Temple of Bhavishya Badri situated along the Dhauli ganga river on the ancient route to Mansarovar and Kailash Parvat enchants the tourists and trekkers with incredible pleasure.
Bhavishya Badri | How to Reach?
Saldhar is connected to Joshimath, 19Km away, by motorable road. Bhavishya Badri temple is 6Km trek from Saldhar. Here we discuss on how to reach Joshimath to go to Saldar through taxi or jeep and finally trek from Saldhar to Bhavishya Badri temple:
- By air: Jolly Grant airport Dehradun is the nearest airport 268Km from Joshimath through Rishikesh. Tourists find taxi or jeep to Joshimath from Jolly Grant airport.
- By rail: Rishikesh railway station is the nearest railhead 251Km from Joshimath. Taxi or jeeps are available to Joshimath from Rishikesh railway station.
- By road: Joshimath is well connected to most parts of Uttarakhand state through motorable road.
Road Route to Joshimath from different parts of the state:
Bhavishya Badri | Best Time to Visit
Bhavishya Badri temple is visited by the religious tourists from May to October escaping the monsoon months from late June to September. Monsoon months are dangerous due to the rough route and unpredictable rainfall leading to landslide. During the winter months, extreme cold and snowfall make the Bhavishya Badri temple inaccessible.
Bhavishya Badri | Places to See
- Kalpavrikshya: Kalpavrikshya is also called life giving tree. On the way to Badrinath from Joshimath is a mulberry tree often called as Kalpavrikshya which is almost the age of Badrinath temple. This was the tree under which Aadi Guru Shankaracharya meditated. The cave where Shankaracharya lived and meditated is nearby the Kalpavriskhya. To all the pilgrims and adventurers on the Garhwal Himalayas, this Kalpavrikshya which no more bears fruits but only flowers is a sight to see. The tree has young and fresh leaves besides it being 1200 years old with 21.5 meters of circumference.
- Narsingh Temple in Joshimath: Gateway to several mountain climbing expeditions, trekking route to the greatest of Panch Badri pilgrimages Badri Vishal, Joshimath in Chamoli district of Dev Bhoomi Uttarakhand is 6,150 meters above sea level. The Narsinha temple is in Joshimath where the winter pooja of Badrinath is held when snowfall restricts the route to Badrinath temple. Trek for 10Km and you will reach Tapovan with hot water spring and enthralling beauty of Dhauliganga comes to your sight.