Living in the mountains mostly in places that are not easily accessible the people of the district have been able to preserve their culture, folklore, folksongs and folkdances, the last, a distinctive feature of the district, being seasonal, traditional and religious, some of the better known being described below.....Read More
The Yogdhan Badri is located at Pandukeshwar in altitude of 1920m, The Yogdhan Badri named after the Pandva's King. It is said that the Pandavas, victorious after their battle against the Kauravas, but emotionally scarred, came to the Himalayas. And it was here that they handed over their capital, Hastinapur, to Raja Parikshit and took up penance before seeking out the highway to heaven. The importance of the Badri is immense and the sanctum has an image of the lord in a meditative posture. It is also said that The Yogdhan Badri named after Pandu, who meditated at this place, 23 km from Sadrinath to lift the curses of a sage, and was blessed by the Lord, Pandukeshwar is the home of the Yogdhyan Badri.
The village, as old as the Sadrinath Temple has Copper Plates which authenticate the history of the temples as well as the Katyuri Chand rulers of Garhwal and Kumaon who issued them as far back as the fourth or fifth century A.D. The Temples are all dedicated to the Yogdhyan Badri, who blessed the meditation of the kings.
The Yogdhyan Badri Temple is as old as the temple of Badrinath. Pandukeshwar is 24 kms from Joshimath , it has the Yogdhyan Badri temple one of the panch badri . The image here, in a meditative posture, is worshiped as at Badrinath.
Yogdhyan Badri is also considered the winter abode for the Utsava-murti (festival-image) of Badrinath, when the temple of Badrinath is closed.Hence, it is religiously ordained that a pilgrimage will not be complete without offering prayers at this place.Bhatts (priests) from South India serve as chief priests in the temple.
How to reach By Air ?
Nearest airport is Jolly Grant 294 kms from Rishikesh.
How to reach By Train ?
The nearest railhead, Rishikesh, is 277 kms.
How to reach By Road ?
Yogdhyan Badri is located just 23 kms short ofBadrinath on a motorable road from Rishikesh. Regular buses and taxis ply on the route.
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