Kalpeshwar Mahadev temple dedicated to lord Shiva and hair locks (jata) of Shiva worshipped is one of the Panch Kedar Pilgrimages in Dev Bhoomi Uttarakhand state of India. Situated in Chamoli district 2,134 meters above sea level, Kalpeshwar temple is one of the best places for meditation in Uttarakhand Himalayas. Kalpeshwar is the only Panch Kedar pilgrimage open throughout the year.
Kalpeshwar temple has a small stone idol of lord Shiva. Nearby the temple is a cave upon which is the image of hair locks beautifully and naturally carved. These are considered to be the hair locks of lord Shiva that appeared in Kalpeshwar when he vanished from the forceful hands of second Pandava ‘Bhima’. Kedarnath, Madhyamaheshwar, Rudranath and Tungnath are the other four Panch Kedar pilgrimages.
Kalpeshwar Temple Tourism
Every year, Kalpeshwar Mahadev Temple attracts thousands of religious tourists on the way to Badrinath. Kalpeshwar has one or the other thing to offer to all kind of tourists and trekkers besides their motive, age and expectations. Nature lover adventurer tourists find serene beauty of the captivating environs to wander through, devotional pilgrimages find peace and divinity to erase all their guilt and fill themselves with refreshment, sages and spiritual souls find the meditative vibes that allow them to travel through spiritual journey. Nature lover trekkers and tourists appreciate the beauty of the Urgham valley and the beautiful temple seated thereby spreading divine power throughout the valley. Devotees offer pooja to Kalpeshwar Mahadev and garnish themselves with divine blessings. Spiritual practitioners accommodate themselves under the Kalpabrikshya or by the cave and catch the divine aura.
The tour to Kalpeshwar usually begins from Haridwar or Rishikesh. The route passes through Rishikesh-Devprayag-Srinagar-Rudraprayag–Nandprayag-Joshimath-Helong-Urgam Village-Kalpeshwar. From Helong to Urgham village is a jeep-able road and the distance is 10Km. From Urgham village in Urgham valley begins the trek. The trek is of 2Km passing through the dense apple orchards enjoying the nature and smelling the fruit smells depending on the season of trek. enchanting Himalayas, placid lakes and mesmerizing springs keep the trekkers fascinated. Trekking enthusiasts can even plan for a longer trek beginning from Helong to enjoy the nature and the journey.
Kalpeshwar Temple | Best Time to Visit
- Summer: The summer months March to June are warm and sunny with clean sky and pleasing weather. Light cottons will be enough for tour around Kalpeshwar.
- Monsoon: Monsoon months July and August decorate Kalpeshwar region with spectacular beauty. The green environs and enchanting view of Himalayas during the rainfall is unbeatable. Raincoat is the must have item for tour around Kalpeshwar during monsoon.
- Spring: Spring months October and November are lovely with clear sky, pleasing weather and cool climatic condition in Kalpeshwar. Season of fruits and flowers, spring makes Kalpeshwar region more lively and lovely.
- Winter: Winter in Kalpeshwar is chilling cold and sometimes the temperature goes below zero. Warm woolen clothes are must during Kalpeshwar tour in winter season.
Kalpeshwar Temple | How to Reach?
Joshimath lies on Rishikesh-Badrinath road and is easily accessible by bus, taxi or jeep.
- By Air: Jolly Grant airport Dehradun is the nearest airport 268Km from Joshimath.
- By Rail: Rishikesh railway station is the nearest railhead 251Km from Joshimath. Rishikesh is 42.7Km from Dehradun and 23.8Km from Haridwar.
- By Road: Joshimath is connected to motorable road with Rishikesh and lies on Rishikesh-Badrinath road.
Route to Kalpeshwar Temple
- Dehradun – Rishikesh – Devprayag – Srinagar – Rudraprayag – Karnaprayag – Chamoli – Pipalkoti – Helang – Kalpeshwar
Kalpeshwar Temple | Places Nearby
- Joshimath: Gateway to several mountain climbing expeditions, trekking route to major Char Dham pilgrimage Badrinath, Joshimath in Chamoli district of Dev Bhoomi Uttarakhand is 6,150 meters above sea level
- Vridha Badri | Rudranath