According to the local history, Adi Shankara is the main creator of all the Panch Badri Temples. The objective of the temples was to spread the awareness of Hindu religion in the remote areas of the country. These 16 Temples were roughly built between 5th and 8th century under the Gupta period. Adi Badri temple serves as a milestone for all the people going to Badrinath. When Badrinath is closed every winter, devotees flock the Adi Badri Temple to worship Lord Vishnu. It is believed that Lord Vishnu is residing in Badrinath during the Kal Yug.
The nearest airport is the state’s capital, Dehra Dun which is located 213 kilometres away. The nearest train station is in Rishikesh. But major trains come to Haridwar (located 20 Kilometer from Rishikesh and 193 Kilometer from Karnprayag). Regular Bus services originate from Haridwar and Rishikesh to Karnprayag. From Karnprayag, booking a private taxi would be better as the Adi Badri temple is a meagre 40-minute drive from the town. You may only find basic amenities here. Parking is yet another problem out here. So better park your vehicle, few metres before or after the temple area.
Adi Badri Temple open at 06.00 AM to 07.00 PM. (Closed from every mid December to mid January)
Best Time to Visit
Feburary to November