Yogadhyan Badri Temple
Yogadhyan Badri Temple is one of holy 'Sapta Badri' or seven Badri's located at Pandukeshwar, Badrinath. Abode of Utsava-murti (festival-image) or Lord Udhava and Lord Kuber in winters, Yogadhyan Badri Temple is the place of worshipping Lord Vishnu meditative posture idol. Legends believed that King Pandu installed the bronze idol of Lord Vishnu in Yogadhyan Badri shrine.
Yogadhyan Badri Temple - Meditation of Pandu
In Pandukeshwar, Yogadhyan Badri temple has the life size idol of Lord Vishnu installed by King Pandu in meditative posture (Yogadhyan). The idol of Udhava, brother of Lord Vishnu is worshipped here in winters. During the holy procession of opening of doors of Badrinath, Utsav Murti, Lord Udhava idol get along with Lord Badri idol which comes from Narsingh Temple after winters. Idol of Lord Kuber is also in the temple which moves along with Udhava idol.
Festivals at Yogadhyan Badri Temple
'Devwar' is the major festival in Pandukeshwar's Yogadhyan Badri Temple. On this day, the idol of Udhava and Kuber leaves for Badrinath. Other festival is on the day when these idols comes back to Yogadhyan Badri Temple in winters.
How To Reach Yogadhyan Badri Temple Pandukeshwar
Yogadhyan Badri Temple is located in Pandukeshwar equi-distance between Joshimath and Badrinath. Situated at a distance of 18 kms from Joshimath and 23 km from Badrinath, Pandukeshwar can be reach by sharing jeep or hiring taxi from Joshimath. Nearest rail head for Pandukeshwar is at Dehradun (302 kms) or Rishikesh railway station (274 kms). Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun (290 kms) is the only airport to reach near Joshimath.