War - Yogadyan Badri Temple
the number FIVE is exceedingly auspicious and infinitely propitious for
everything, either divine or human. Realizing its immense potentialities, the
saint-seers caused five temples for the same deity built at different places.
Hence the existence of Pancha Dwarakas, Pancha Badris. Pancha Kesavaalayas,
Panchaaramas, Pancha 1Kuntimadhavaalayas etc. Pilgrims to Badarinath have the
opportunity of visiting the Pancha Badris during their journey upward or
downward; but the guides due to ignorance, or wilful negligence lead them not to
this holy places. Some orthodox
theists do visit all these five sublime small shrines and partake the merit
conferred by the All-merciful Badarinath seen at these five places.
the five Badris, two - Bridnath or old Badri; Bhavishya Badri future one, are
lying near Joshimath; the third one called Adi Badri at Karna Prayag; the fourth
at Padukeshwar, and of course the main and popular one is Badarinath itself. All
are enshrining the icons of Badarinath, but the size and splendour of the mandir
varies; and performance of rituals and conducting of festivals are the same.
Padukeshwar Badri, the presiding deity goes by the name of Yogadhyan Badri. The
place, incidentally has unearthed ancient metal foils that are quite useful in
fixing the reign and names of kings, who.ruled over this region, some 1500 years
back. They are now kept at Joshimath. The priests of Padukeshwar Badri spend the
winter at Joshimath along with their colleagues employed in the main Badarinath
temple. Due to inadequate publicity, the glory of these four ancient Vaishnava
kshetras are not visited regularly or with as much zeal as to the main temple.
It is a small
village, accessible by bus plying from Badarinath or to it.