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Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India

Situated at an elevation of about 2200m, Kalpeshwar is a revered site dedicated to Lord Shiva and is last in the pecking order of visiting Panch Kedar. Situated in the Urgam Valley of Chamoli district amidst 

Kalpeshwar Temple
Kalpeshwar Temple

Garhwal Himalayas, you can witness the confluence of the Alaknanda River and Kalpganga river. This dense forest area has extensive Apple Orchards and terraced fields spread across its vistas.

At Kalpeshwar, Lord Shiva is worshipped in form of his matted (Jata) hair.

You can also find the Kalpvriksh tree, which is considered a wish-granting tree according to Hindu Mythology.

MYTHOLOGICAL LEGEND BEHIND KALPESHWAR

The most popular legend about the Garhwal region, Lord Shiva, and the construction of the Panch Kedar temples, relate to Pandavas from the Mahabharata era. 

According to the legend, In the l Kurukshetra war, the Pandavas conquered and killed their cousins, the Kauravas. During the fight, they wanted to atone for the sins of fratricide (gotra hatya) and Brhmanahatya (killing of Brahmins). As a result, they entrusted the reins of their kingdom to their cousins and set out in pursuit of Lord Shiva and his blessings. They began their journey in the holy city of Varanasi (Kashi), which is thought to be Shiva’s favorite city.

Shiva, on the other hand, desired to avoid them since he was enraged by the murder and dishonesty at the Kurukshetra war and, as a result, was unresponsive to Pandavas’ petitions. As a result, he disguised himself as a bull (Nandi) and fled to the Garhwal region.

The Pandavas proceeded to the Garhwal Himalayas after failing to find Shiva in Varanasi. Standing astride two mountains, Bhima, the second of the five Pandava brothers, began his search for Shiva. He came to a bull grazing near Guptakashi. Bhima identified the bull as Shiva right away.

The bull’s tail and hind legs were caught by Bhima. The hump raising in Kedarnath, the arms appearing in Tungnath, the face appearing at Rudranath, the nabhi (navel) and stomach surfacing in Madhyamaheshwar, and the hair appearing in Kalpeshwar, the bull-formed Shiva vanished into the ground and reappeared in pieces. The Pandavas, who were overjoyed with Shiva’s rebirth in five various forms, constructed temples in each of the five locations to honor and worship him.

INSIDE THE TEMPLE OF KALPESHWAR

As you step in from the main entrance gate of Kalpeshwar, you will witness many Trishul and Shivlings that are worshipped there. Inside the Garbhgriha, you can see a lingam resembling the matted hair of Lord Shiva. There is an idol of Lord Ganesha as well.

Inside Kalpeshwar Temple
Inside Kalpeshwar Temple

ARCHITECTURE OF KALPESHWAR

 Kalpeshwar temple is built in North Indian Architecture style.

PRIESTS AT KALPESHWAR

The temple priests of this temple are also Adi Shankaracharya disciples and are known as Dasnamis and Gossains.

KALPESHWAR WEATHER

The weather of Kalpeshwar remains pleasant throughout the year. During winter the temperature of Kalpeshwar may range from 3 degrees celsius to -8 degrees celsius.

TREK TO KALPESHWAR

Kalpeshwar is the only Panch Kedar temple accessible throughout the year. It was formerly only accessible through a 12-kilometer trip from the nearest road head of Helang on the Rishikesh-Badrinath route, but the road now extends to Devgram hamlet, from which the trek is just 300 meters. Because it is a half-paved road that may be destroyed during monsoons, it is best for bikes or automobiles with adequate ground clearance. Except during the monsoon season, small automobiles can be used. 

Trek Kalpeshwar to Rudranath
Trek Kalpeshwar to Rudranath

TREK TO RUDRANATH FROM KALPESHWAR

 The trek from Kalpeshwar to Rudranath is a moderate one. From Kalpeshwar temple/ Devagram, it is an 18 km trek to Dumak, another 13 km trek to Panar, and the final 8 km trek to Rudranath.

Map Rudranath Kalpeshwar Trek
Map Rudranath Kalpeshwar Trek

HOW TO REACH KALPESHWAR

By Air:  Located at a distance of 268 km, Jolly Grant Airport is the nearest airport to Kalpeshwar. After Stepping out, you can book a cab to Joshimath and Urgam village. Now, you can start your trek to Kalpeshwar.

By Rail: Located at a distance of 251 km, Rishikesh is the nearest railway station to Joshimath. You can book a cab from Rishikesh to Joshimath or Urgam Village.

 By Road-  You need to do a trek from Urgam village, which is well connected with road networks. You can easily get a taxi from major regions of this state to Urgam village.

STAY AT KALPESHWAR

You can find options for homestay at Kalpeshwar which are filled with all the basic amenities.

FOOD AT KALPESHWAR

You can find fresh homemade food from homestays at Kalpeshwar. You can also take along your own home-cooked food and some packaged items.

WHAT IS KALPESHWAR FAMOUS FOR

Kalpeshwar is a revered site dedicated to lord shiva and famous as one of the Panch Kedar. It is also famous for its trekking trail and enchanting views of Chaukhamba peaks.

 PLACES TO VISIT AROUND KALPESHWAR

Apart from this revered shrine, you can visit other places as well during your trip to Kalpeshwar.

  1. Bansi Narayan Temple

2. Rudranath

Bansi Narayan temple

Rudranath Temple

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