The sacred portals of Adi Badri temple, foremost among Sapt Badri will be ceremoniously reopened on the Auspicious occasion of Makar Sankranti after a month-long closure for winter. Pilgrims worshipped Vishnu at this temple when Badrinath temple is closed due to cold weather in Badrinath during winters.
After the rituals, the gates of Adi Badri temple will be thrown open for devotees even when its chilling temperature there. Devotees brave the freezing temperature to pay obeisance every year.
The Adi Badri the first temple complex among the Sapta Badri temples is an ancient shrine dedicated to Vishnu. Adi Badri temple is located in the border district of Chamoli of Uttarakhand, India. The other name of this temple is Helisera written in revenue records. Adi Badri is 17 KM (10.6 mi) from Karnaprayag. A temple complex consisting of sixteen small temples with intricate houses a three-foot black stone statue of Lord Vishnu. Adi Badri is an hour’s drive from Karnaprayag and closes to Chulakot on the way to Ranikhet
This temple is one of the Sapt Badri temples located in Badri Khsetra known due to Badri Vishal. The Sapt Badri (seven 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.
A tiny temple complex enclosed within a space of 14 meters (46 ft) X 30 meters (98 ft). The height of the temples varies from 2–6 meters (6.6–19.7 ft). The chief temple is dedicated to god Vishnu, which is built over a raised platform, with a small enclosure in a pyramidal form. The sanctum holds a black stone 1 meter (3.3 ft) image of Vishnu. The image depicts Vishnu holding a mace, lotus, and chakra. Brahmins from South India serve as chief priests in the temple.