Yog Dhyan Badri temple is one of the holy “Sapta Badri” or Seven Badri’s located in Pandukeshwar, Badrinath, Uttrakhand. Home of Utsava-murti or Lord Udhava and Lord Kuber in winter, Yogadhyan Badri temple is the place of worship of the meditative posture idol of Sri Vishnu. Legends believed that the Pandavas were born here, and King Pandu attained salvation and died here. King Pandu installed the bronze idol of Sri Vishnu in the Yogdhyan Badri shrine. Surya Kund is important for the hot water Pond inside the temple. Kunti married King Pandu at Pandukeshwar. It is also said that Arjun also meditated here which attracted Lord Indra.
Yogadhyan Badri Temple Timings: 6.00 AM to 7.00 PM
Yogadhyan Badri Temple Legend:
Legend has it that at this place, King Pandu, father of Pandavas meditated and offered penance to Lord Vishnu as he wanted to get rid of the sin of killing two mating deer. Later, King Pandu died and attained salvation at this place.
This place has religious importance as the Pandavas were born here. According to a legend, after defeating and killing Kauravas in the Mahabharata war, Pandavs came to this place to repent. They rendered the Hastinapur kingdom to their grandson Parikshit and went to the Himalayas to perform penance.
The inblockedions found here indicate the rule by Katyuri Rajas and then the region was known as Panchal Desh. One inblockedion states that the grant of land was given by King Nimbarana.
Another important place is the Suryakund, which is a hot water pond. Kunti, the mother of Pandavas gave birth to her illegitimate son Karna at this place. Kunti was married to Pandu at Pandukeshwar.
When the temple of Badrinath is closed during the winter, Yogdhyan Badri serves as the abode for the Utsav-murti or festival-image of Lord Badrinath. Hence, it is religiously ordinated that a pilgrimage will not be complete without offering prayers at Yogadhyan Badri.
How to Reach Yogadhyan Badri Temple:
Nearest Airport Jolly Grant airport of Dehradun at a distance of nearly 288 km from Gaurikund Temple.
Rishikesh railway station is the Nearest Railway Station which is nearly 270 km from the Temple.
Pandukeshwar is located on the way from Govind Ghat to Hanuman Chatti. It is 9 km away from Hanuman Chatti.
Yogadhyan Badri Temple Address:
Pail Chak Bhyudar,
Uttarakhand – 246443.