Kalpeshwar Temple – Route Trek | Panch Kedar Yatra
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Kalpeshwar Temple is the fifth and last stop among the Panch Kedars. It is situated at an altitude of about 2200 meters (7217 ft) above sea level. This is the only one among the Panch Kedars. which is open throughout the year.
How many people were killed by the Pandavas during the Mahabharata war. He wanted to atone for those sins. Therefore sage Vyasa advised the Pandavas to ask for forgiveness from Mahadev.
Mahadev was hiding in Kedar valley in the form of bull. Because Mahadev was angry with this behavior by the Pandavas. When Bhima recognized Mahadev as a bull and the Pandavas tried to catch him, the bull broke into five parts.
Kalpeshwar Temple History and Legend
Thereafter it manifested in five different forms: His hump appeared in Kedarnath, His head in Rudranath, His daughter-in-law (arm) appeared in Tungnath, and the navel was divided into Madhyamaheshwar and his Jata (trace) was divided into Kalpeshwar.
The Jata (Bal) Kalpeshwar Temple of Mahadev is also known as Jatadhari or Jateshwar. This is a small temple. Which is reached by passing through the middle of a cave. But the Kalganga river flows nearby. There is a Kalpavriksha tree here. And devotees believe that this tree fulfills their wishes.
This temple is situated in the Urgam valley. The trek to Kalpeshwar Temple starts from the village of Urgam. Where the trek offers a beautiful sight for the tourists to visit, this pilgrimage site with enchanting views of the valley with terraced fields and lush green forests. Large apple orchards and potato fields are seen in many areas.
But earlier the trek route existed from Helang to Kalpeshwar via Urgam village. Whose trek distance was about 10 km. But now the distance between Helang to Urgam is decided by jeep. So now it is only 1 km trek left for Kalpeshwar.
It is from Helang, which is located on Badrinath Road. Like all other Panch Kedars, this too is amidst pleasant surroundings. On the way from Helang, Dhyan Badri Temple can be seen from afar.
Kalpeshwar – Where the Locks of Shiva are Worshipped
Kalpeshwar is the last and fifth temple in the list of Panch Kedar pilgrimage circuit and is the only temple of the holy Panch Kedars which is open throughout the year. The matted hair or hair or hair or Lord Shiva is worshiped inside this temple.
Lord Shiva is worshiped in the form of tangled hair in Kalpeshwar and the path to this sacred radiance leads through dense forests and lush green terraced fields. There is also an old Kalpavriksha tree which is said to be a wish-fulfilling tree in Hindu mythology.
Why Visit Kalpeshwar?
Many trekking lovers and devotees start Kalpeshwar trek. Because it has amazing views of untouched valley, terraced fields, dense forest. Which takes the devotees to the temple of Lord Shiva. Here it can be said by looking at the old Kalpavriksha tree. The devotees who ask for their wishes here. So their wish is definitely fulfilled.
Activities in Kalpeshwar
Photography: The vantage of Kalpeshwar offers panoramic views of some of the great Himalayan peaks like Chaukhamba, Nanda Devi, Panchachuli, Bandarpunch and Kedarnath. On a clear weather, one can click pictures of these majestic peaks.
Best Time to Visit Kalpeshwar
Best Months: May, June, September, October
Kalpeshwar in Summer (April to August): Moderate climate with very pleasant weather. It has an average temperature of 15 °C. And summers are ideal for all the sightseeing, temple visits and attractions nearby.
Kalpeshwar in monsoon (September to November): Occurs with little rainfall. This period is good for sightseeing. Because the panoramic views of the mountains are very attractive in the rain.
Kalpeshwar season in winter (December to March): There are cold days. But the average minimum temperature remains close to 4 degree Celsius. The minimum may touch the level of sub zero.
How To Reach Kalpeshwar
By Road: Kalpeshwar can be reached by 243 kms from Helang. By Bus and Taxis on Rishikesh-Badrinath Road. From Helang, 12 kms. The trek is off the main road. The distance from Delhi to Kalpeshwar is approximately 514 kms.
Surrounded by potato fields, the old Kedar temple is visible on the trek route. One of the Sapta Badri (Seven Badri) temples, the Dhyan Badri temple is also seen in Urgam village.
By Air: The nearest airport is Jolly Grant. It is about 272 km from Dehradun.
By Rail: The nearest railway station to Kalpeshwar is Rishikesh which is about 255 km.