Pilgrimage Tour

Kalpeshwar Temple

Kalpeswar temple is one of the renowned Shiva temples placed in the serene surroundings of Garhwal region in Uttarakhand. The temple looms at a splendid altitude of 2,134 meters and is the last temple visited by pilgrims during the Panch Kedar Yatra. Kalpeshwar is the only Panch Kedar temple that remains open throughtout the year. At Kalpeshwar temple matted tress (jata) of Lord Shiva is worshipped. The trek trail to the Kalpeshwar temple leads devotees to charming green terrace fields and dense forests.

Structure of the Kapleshwar Temple

Kapleshwar is a beautiful stone temple. The whole structure of the temple is fabricated of granite stone and is built in Nagara architectural style. The main sanctum sanctorum lies under a huge tower formation. A stone idol of Lord Shiva is enshrined in the Kalpeshwar temple. One of the main features of the shrine is the nearby cave upon which the hair locks are carved naturally. The sacred temple houses the popular Kalpavriksha. It is believed that the tree fulfils the wishes of the people.

History and Legend of the Kalpeshwar Temple

Kalpeshwar temple is believed to be established by the legendary heroes of Mahabharata, Pandavas. Legends say that Pandavas came to Himalayas in search of Lord Shiva to seek his mercy for killing Kauravas in the Kurukshetra war. Lord Shiva unwilling to give darshan disguised himself as humped buffalo and hid at Kashi. When discovered by Pandavas, Lord Shiva dived in the ground. Bhima, the second Pandava brother could only get hold of the hump.

The other body parts of Lord Shiva in bull form were found in different places. Hump of the bull in Kedarnath, his arm appeared in Tungnath, navel was found in Madhyamaheswar, his head was traced at Rudranath and his hair came up at Kalpeshwar. These places are together known as Panch Kedar temples.

Kalpeshwar Opening and Closing Timings

Kalpeshwar temple is accessible throughout the year. All other Panch Kedar temple remains closed during winters.

Pooja at Kalpeshwar Temple

Various poojas are very spiritually performed in Kalpeshwar temple. The temple priests of Kalpeshwar temple are also the Dasnamis and Gossains, disciples of Adi Shankara. These temple priests are appointed by Adi Shankara and poojas are also designed by Adi Shankara.

Best Time to Visit Kalpeshwar

The ideal time to visit Kalpeshwar is during the month of May, June, September and October. The weather remains pleasant and cool during these months.

  • Kalpeshwar in Summers (April to August) – During summers average temperature reaches 15°C making the climate moderate. The weather during summers is best for temple darshan and visiting the nearby attractions in Kalpeshwar.
  • Kalpeshwar in Monsoons (September to November) -Monsoons are accompanied with scanty rains in Kalpeshwar region.
  • Kalpeshwar in Winters (December to March) – Winters are freezing cold with average minimum temperature reaches 4°C. Minimum can also touch sub zero levels.

How to Reach Kapleshwar

  • By Air – The nearest airport to Kalpeshwar is Jolly Grant Airport located at a distance of 268 kms from Kalpeshwar.
  • By Rail – The closest railhead to Kalpeshwar is Rishikesh railway station which is 255 kms away. Rishikesh railway station is well connected to rail network of major states of the country.
  • By Road – One can reach Kalpeshwar by road upto Urgam from Rishikesh (253 km) on the Rishikesh –Badrinath road. Earlier trek route was there from Helang to Kalpeshwar via Urgam village. But now a good jeep-ableroad is constructed from Helang to Devgram which makes it just 300 meters trek from Urgam village to reach Kalpeshwar temple.
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