Panch Badris are the place in which Lord Vishnu is worshiped to give him honour. There is a legend that one day Narad Muni was passing one the way of Lord Vishnu he saw that Lord Vishnu was reclining on the Shesh Shaiya, and Godess Laxmi was caressing his feet. By seeing the blissful scene Narad Muni reprimand Vishnu to enjoy wordly comfort. Vishnu get horrified and He sent Godess Laxmi to the Nagkanya and himself, disappeared in a thick jungle of badri (a kind of berries invisible to the mortal eyes) on the Himalyan . He meditated there for several years as a ‘Yogdyani’ posture and fed only badri (berries). When Godess Laxmi returned and started searching Lord Vishnu. She reached in Badrivan and met Lord Vishnu as Yogdhyani. She wake him up by calling the name Badrinath. She requested Lord Vishnu to leave the Yogdhyani posture and accept his Sansaric (wordly) form.Lord Vishnu agreed by three promise –
1) Badrivan will remained as the place of meditaion.
2) Lord Vishnu will be worshiped in both the Yogdhyani and Sansaric form. Devta will worship him as yogdhyani and human as Sansaric.
3) Godess Laxmi will sit on the left side in the Yogdhyani fom and Sits on right side in Sansaric form.
Panch Badri includes
2) Yogdhyan Badri
3) Bhavishya Badri
4) Vridha Badri
5) Adi Badri
Badrinath– It is one of the Char Dham of Hindu religions. It is the main shrine of Lord Vishnu as ‘Badrinath’. Situated in the altitude of 3133m between two mountains Nar and Narayan, this route is most fascinating due to its picturesque views. Badrinath temple was construted by Jagat Guru Adi Shankracharya in the eight century during his pilgrimage to the Himalaya. The main priest of the temple called ‘Rawals’ and they are from Kerala Brahmin family. It is believed that Lord Vishu revealed here to Narad rishi that Nar and Narayan was his own form. It is believed that Narad rishi also did penance here. In the Garbhgrih of temple the statue of Lord Badrinarayan is placed. Lord Barinath is armed with Sankh and Chakra in two arms and two of arm in the posture of meditation. Main idol is of black stone in the Yogdhyan posture. Other deities are Laxmi, Kuber, Udhav, Nar, Narayan and Garud. The idol of Adi Shankracharya is also here. There are some hot springs around temple area such as Tapt Kund, Narad Kund and Suraj Kund.
One has to take bath in these kunds before visiting to temple.
Bhavishya Badri – It is located in the mid of dense forest near Tapovan in the altitude of 2744m, at the distance of 17 km from Joshimath. The idol of Narshimha (the god head with lion and body of human) is preserve here. It is believed that by some reason the present route of Badrinath will be unreachable and in future lord Vishnu will be worshiped here as badrinath, that is why this place is called as Bhavishya Badri.
Yogdhyan Badri– Situated in the altitude of 1920m in Pandukeshswar, believed that Pandavas has meditated here after giving up his kingdom Hastinapur to king parikshit. It is 24km shorts o Badrinath on Rishikesh-Badrinth highway. It is believed that the sanctum has an image of the lord Vishnu in a meditative posture.
Vridh Badri– It is situated at Animath (7km from Joshimath) in the altitude of 1380m. Before Badrinath and was designated one of the four dham by Adi Shankracharya. According to epic, the idol of Badarinath fixed by divine Vishwakarma was preserved and worshiped here and when mankind entered the age of Kaliyug, Vishnu shifted himself from this temple to Badrinath.
Adi Badri- It is situated at 16 km from Karanprayag on Chaukhutia- Ranikhet route. On the way to Ranikhet are some beautiful temples dating Gupta periods. It is believed that Lords Vishnu used to t live here in Satyug,Treta and Dwapar.In Kalyug he shifted to Badrinath. That is why it is known Ancient badri.