The Himalayan Tsunami which wreck a havoc in the pristine mountains evoked many emotions in many. Why such a thing should happen , that’s also to the devotees of the Lord. Why so much destruction , Why the God’s are angry and what not. Another question in the minds of everybody is if this will happen again? May be, its all in a prophecy. Are you interested to listen to the prophecy then come along with me to the Himalayas, the lofty pure snow covered mountains. Mountains are there every where but Himalayas is also known grandeur spirituality, because it nestles so many Holy places on it’s lap. BADRI DHAM also revered as Badrinath is the foremost sacred temple in these mountains. The prophecy is associated with this temple.
Every year millions of devotees visit this holy shrine and get blessed by Lord Badri Narayan. Badrinath is situated in the Garhwal hill tracks, at an altitude of 3320 mt above sea level, on the banks of Alaknanda River and the two snow covered peaks Nara And Narayan provide a magnificent back drop to the temple.. It is one of the 108 Divya Desams, holy shrines for Vaishnavites the followers of Lord Vishnu.. The temple is open only six months every year (between the end of April and the beginning of November), due to extreme weather conditions in the Himalyan region. The temple finds mention in ancient religious texts like Vishnu Purana and in the works of 5th century poet Kalidasa. The temple is glorified in the Divya Prabanda, the early medieval Tamil canon of the Azhwar saints from the 6th–9th centuries AD. His consort Lakshmi as Aravindavalli.
When the temple is closed for the winter months the icon of Lord Badrinath is brought down to Joshimath Narasingh temple and poojas are performed to the Lord here. According to the prophecy when evil transcends the world, at the end of Kali Yuga, a landslide will occur collapsing the mountains of Jaya and Vijaya (named after the celestial gate keepers of Vaikunta, the abode of Lord Vishnu) This devastating landslide will occur when the right arm of the statue of Narsingh currently situated in Joshimath will detach from its body. It is said that the arm of Narsingh is shrinking day by day. The landslide would block up the route to Badrinath and the sacred shrine would become inaccessible. Then He will be worshipped at Bhavishya Badri (Bhavishya means future).
Accompany me to visit the future Badri in the present. . Bhavishya Badri, is 2774 mt, above sea level is located in a village called Subhai in the Niti valley at a distance of 17 kilometres from Joshimath, beyond Tapovan and approach is through dense forest, only by trekking .
It’s a trekkers paradise and one can enjoy the unspoilt beauty of Himalayas during the trek as the visitors to this temple are very less. Subhai village houses a temple that the villagers believe to be secondary and the primary temple is atop a steep hill among dense moss ridden pine forest and tranquil beauty.
After darshan at Badrinath we started for Bavishya Badri, after Joshimath we travelled towards Malari and saw the hot springs at Tapovan and reached Saldhar village from where the trek starts. There is a small shop here from where one can buy snacks and cool drinks . The trek route is a single path used by the villagers and has gentle steep in the beginning. The hills are unspoilt and dense trees line up the path on both the sides. Colourful butterflies flutter and one can enjoy the music of the exotic birds and humming of the bees while trekking. The air is nippy and invigorating. There is not much movement of people you are left alone to enjoy the nature dotted with wild flowers. There is peace and quiet, no rush hour madness, no screaming hawkers, no polluted drains and mad rush, it’s tranquil and felt heaven we were definitely delighted by the sights, sounds and smell of the hills.
Slowly we trekked, at some places the path was slippery because of water flowing from above and we treaded carefully. By His grace we got two local people of Subai village who guided us along the path. The weather was pleasant and sky was clear. The scene from above was beautiful, the snow covered peaks, green topped mountains, the meandering rivers and the black topped roads all provide a nice background. Slowly after resting in the in between villages lined with beautiful, brightly coloured flowers we reached Shubai village. The fragrance of the basil was ubiquitous.
There we had the darshan of the Lord installed by Adi Sankaracharya. The priest told that they came from south India with Adi Sankaracharya and is settled here now. This is a small temple with the typical conical Himalyan style tower. One could feel the vibrations when we stand before the Lord and pray to Him. The Lord was nicely decorated with Salagramams, wild flowers and peacock feathers. The priest offered us prasadam and advised us to visit the temple on the top of the hill also. He told that food is available in Sarpanch’s house which doubles as a small restaurant for the needy. We ordered lunch there and proceeded to the temple on the hill top. They offered us the services of a guide also, so that we can quickly complete the darshan. These mountain folks are simple and beautiful. Their movements are rather uncomplicated and innocent and simplicity about them is that one find appealing.
As we were nearing the summit the path was steeper and we just walked on the boundaries of buck wheat and mustard fields. We crossed lot of apple orchards the hills were dotted with long limber cedar and pine trees we were transported to a different world by the mist and fragrance the vibrations and the mellifluous song of the wafting from a distance.
We trekked huffing and puffing as the trek was steep and reached the temple. It’s a very tiny temple rather a small hut and the Lord was alone without any decoration , flower not even a light, only the mist and the birds were there for His company and their cacophony being the only offerings to Him. But we felt very elated and felt at peace which indescribable. The view of valley below is clear and breathtaking. We forgot all the pain experienced during the uphill journey. Watching the beautiful Auli ski slope and Joshimath. Thus happy that we had the darshan of the future Badrinarayan we descended down had nice lunch at Subhai village with apple pickles, raw rajma preparation and rice and descended down to Saldhar and reached Josimath.
Anyone who visit Bhavishya Badri will breathe a sigh of relief when they witness the enthralling beauty of surrounding. This is one of the toughest route in Uttarakhand hills, though examines the trekkers with extreme difficulty it also finally rewards with unbeatable pleasure. Are you interested please pack your backpacks.
S.Muruganandam is interested in travel, visits to temples and writing about those places visited. Has written a book about the Kailash Manasarovar yatra in Tamil. Maintains a blog about the wonderful experience of trekking in HImalayas.