Adi Badri, one among the Panch Badri pilgrimages in Dev Bhoomi Uttarakhand state of India is a group of 16 temples with the main Narayan temple dedicated to lord Vishnu situated 17Km from Karnaprayag in Uttarkashi district. As the name suggests, Adi or Aadi Badri is the ancient abode of lord Vishnu who is called with the name ‘Badri’ in Badrikshetra – Uttarakhand state. It is believed that lord Vishnu resided in Adi Badri during Satya, Treta and Dwapar Yugas (eras) and shifted to Badrinath in Kali Yuga. Prophecy says, lord Vishnu will shift his abode to Bhavishya Badri in Satya Yuga after completion of the running era– Kali Yuga.
First Badri abode among Sapta Badri and one among the Panch Badri, Adi Badri bestows religious significance and is visited by thousands of pilgrims every year. Religious significance of Adi Badri is heightened with a believe that Maharshi Veda Vyas (the sage who divided Veda into four Vedas namely Rigveda, Samveda, Yajurveda and Atharvaveda) wrote Shree Mad Bhagwat Geeta (delivered by the God himself) at Adi Badri. Adi Badri pilgrimages is situated 3,133 meters above sea level.
Adi Badri pilgrimages’ construction was initiated by Aadi Guru Shankaracharya in the 8th century. Every year in the Akshya tritiya of Baisakh (April-May) month of Hindu calendar, there is a huge gathering of pupils to pay devotional visit to Adi Badri. On Kartik (November-December) Purnima (full moon day) of Hindu calendar, huge mass gather to participate on Kapal Mochan fair in Adi Badri. The devotees take holy dip in Kapal Mochan kund, worship the idols in temples and celebrate the fair.
Among the 16 temples in Adi Badri premises, Narayan temple dedicated to lord Vishnu is considered as the main temple. A raised pyramidal platform distinct the Narayan temple from other temples in Adi Badri. A temple dedicated to lord Shiva, another dedicated to Mantra Devi and a Kund in the premises is considered as the origin point of Saraswati river are the most honored Dhams (pilgrimages) in Adi Badri.
It is believed that Saraswati river, Saraswati being the goddess of purity and intellect, originates from Adi Badri. Rigveda states that Saraswati river is “the one who goes pure from the mountains as far as the sea”.
Adi Badri Tourism
The journey begins from either Haridwar or Rishikesh though tourists can plan their own route from other parts of Uttarakhand state. Motorable road from Ranikhet, Nainital, Ramnagar connect Karnaprayag. Motor road from Haridwar to Karnaprayag follows the route Rishikesh- Devprayag-Srinagar-Rudraprayag-Karnaprayag.
Trek begins from Karnaprayag. Trekking route from Karnaprayag to Adi Badri offers the travelers with spectacular sight- great Himalayas, placid rivers, springs and beautiful landscape. 17Km trek becomes easy with the natural beauty that Uttarakhand state is popular of.
Adi Badri | Best Time to Visit
Adi Badri can be visited from May till November. The best months are the summer months May to June and spring months September and October. Monsoon months July, August till mid September, heavy rainfall blocks the route too often and landslide in the Badrikshetra is prominent. Winter months with snowy cold prohibit tourists from pay ing visit to Adi Badri.
GMVN Rest house in Adi Badri is the most appropriate place for trekkers to rest and stay in Adi Badri. At Karnaprayag there are many private hotels and dharmashala for the pilgrims and tourists to stay.
Adi Badri | How to Reach ?
Tourists mostly begin their journey to Adi Badri from either Haridwar or Rishikesh. Karnaprayag, 17Km away from Adi Badri, is the spot from where the trek begins. Here we discuss on how to reach Haridwar to begin road journey to Karnaprayag.
- By air: Jolly Grant airport Dehradun is the nearest airport 187Km from Karnaprayag.
- By rail: Haridwar railway station is only 194Km from Karnaprayag and 1Km from main Haridwar city from where buses, jeep and car are found for Gangotri tour. Haridwar railway station is well connected with rest of the parts of India. Rishikesh railway station is 171Km from Karnaprayag.
- By road: You can reach Adi Badri from Dehradun or Nainital or elsewhere by roadways.
Route to Adi Badri
- Dehradun – Rishikesh – Devprayag – Srinagar – Rudraprayag – Karnaprayag – Adi Badri
- Nainital – Almora – Dwarahat – Gairsain – Karnaprayag OR Nainital – Almora – Kausani – Gwaldham – Tharati – Karnaprayag – Adi Badri