Vriddha Badri is one of the Panch Badri temples in Uttarakhand, India. Panch Badri refers to the five temples dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Vriddha Badri is located in Animath village, about 7 kilometers from Joshimath, in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. The temple is nestled amidst the scenic beauty of the Himalayas and is believed to be one of the oldest temples dedicated to Lord Vishnu.
|Vriddha Badri Temple
|7 Km From Joshimath
|Nearest Railway Station or Airport
|Rishikesh, 300kms/ Jolly Grant Airport, 320 kms
|Best time to visit
|May, Jun, Sep, Oct, Nov
Mythological of Vridha Badri
In the mythological tale of Vridha Badri, the revered sage Narad undertook a penance at this sacred site to seek the favor of Lord Vishnu. Pleased by Narad’s devotion, Lord Vishnu manifested in the guise of an elderly man and granted his prayers. Vishwakarma, the divine architect, then crafted an idol of Lord Vishnu in the form of an old man. This sacred idol initially resided in Animath until it succumbed to flooding. In the 8th century, Adi Shankaracharya, a prominent Hindu philosopher, rediscovered the Vridha Badri idol while disseminating Hindu teachings across the country. Adi Shankaracharya reinstalled the idol in the temple premises, and it is believed that the original idol made by Vishwakarma now resides in the main Badrinath temple.