The Yogdhyan Badri Temple is as old as the temple of Badrinath. Pandukeshwar is 24 kms from Joshimath , it has the Yogdhyan Badri temple one of the panch badri . The image here, in a meditative posture, is worshiped as at Badrinath.
According to the myth, the Pandavas made over Hastinapur to Raja Parikshit and retired here. Also king Pandu, the father of Pandavas had spent his last days doing penance here before his Nirvana, and hence the name. Some famous copper plate carrying old inscriptions,
providing valuable information on the history of the temple and early Katyuri Rajas have been found here. The surrounding region is Panchal Desh better known as UttarKhand. Suryakund , which is on the top of Milam glacier, is a hot water spring. Here Kunti is said to have given birth to Karna, fathered by Surya. Pandu married Kunti at Pandukeshwar near Sri Badrinath.
How to Reach:
The nearest Airport is Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun, which is about 282 km from Yogdhyan Badri which is situated in Pandukeshwar. Taxi and bus services are available from Dehradun airport to Pandukeshwar.
Rishikesh Haridwar & Dehradun all have Railway Stations. Nearest rail-head from Yogdhyan Badri is Rishikesh (255 km approx). From Rishikesh one can take a bus/Taxi to reach Yogdhyan Badri.
Yogdhyan Badri is situated in Pandukeshwar(Badrinath-Rishikesh national highway). State transport buses play regularly between Pandukeshwar and Rishikesh (275 km). Local Transport Union Buses and State Transport buses operate between Pandukeshwar and Rishikesh (275 km), Haridwar (297 km), Dehradun (318 km) and Delhi (520 km).