Adi Badri is located in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand, India. This temple is one of the Sapt badri temples located in Badri Khsetra. The Sapt badri temples are as follows:
1) Badri Vishal or Badrinath 2) Adi Badri 3) Vridha Badri 4) Dhyan Badri 5) Ardha Badri 6) Bhavishya Badri and 7) Yogdyan Badri.
Adi Badri is located in the hill ranges 17 km from Karnaprayag, Chamoli district. The other name of this temple is Helisera as per revenue records. This temple is one of the 16 temples constructed during late Gupta period. The builder of this temple as Adi Badri is attributed to Adi Shankar who promoted Hinduism to every part of India. In ancient times, this temple was worshipped when Badrinath temple was closed due to cold weather in Badrinath during winters.
The complex of the temple has the area of 14 mtr. x 30 mtr. The height varies from 2 mtr. to 6 mtr. The primary temple is that of Vishnu Bhagwan, which is raised on a platform. The Vishnu idol is 1 mtr. tall black stone which is depicting Vishnu Bhagwan holding a mace, lotus and chakra. The other temples are dedicated to Shiva, Mantra Devi and a Kund (pond) located within the premises is believed to be the origin source of the Saraswati river.
It is believed that Vishnu resided in Adi Badri during Satyug, Treta and Dwapar and shifted to badrinath in Kalyug. According to prophecy it is believed that Vishnu Bhagwan will shift to Bhavishya Badri after Kalyug ends and Satyug begins. When the lord Vishnu shall shift to Bhavisya Badri, then Adi Badri shall be known as Yog Badri.
The best time to visit Adi Badri : May – June and September –October.
The Adi Badri pilgrimage was initiated by Adi Shankar in the 8th century AD. Every year during summers in May-June pilgrims visit Adi Abdri and on Kartika Poornima (Nov – Dec) pilgrims visit this temple to participate on the Kapal Mochan fair. The worshippers take holy dip in Kapal Mochan kund and worship the idol.
Adi Badri is an integral part of Lord Vishnu’s abodes and one must pay visit to this place once in her / his life time.