Kalpeshwar Temple of Lord Shiva in Uttarakhand
Unlike other Panch Kedar temples, Kalpeshwar Shiva Temple can be visited all the year round irrespective of the adverse climatic conditions prevailing. The traditional priests of this temple are assumed to be the descendants of Adi Sankaracharya. The divine idol of Kalpeshwar Temple is worshipped in the form of matted tresses of the god and hence Lord Shiva is known by the name Jateshwar or Jadadhar. The Kalpavrisha at this location which is believed to be the fulfilling tree is popular because of the ancient saints who had chosen this venue for their routine meditation.
The Buddha Kedar Temple which is only partly viewed from the potato fields is on the way to the Kalpeshwar temple. One of the Sapta Badri temples known by the name Dyan Badri Temple is also on the route to the holy place. The snow covered mountains, streams, lakes, and vegetation, make the visit to the Kalpeshwar temple a memorable one.
The route to Kalpeshwar temple:
Trekking to Temple is a very beautiful experience -
National Highway 58 – Rishikesh to Rudraprayag then to Helang
Rudraprayag to Helang is 102 kilometers.
From Helang Trek to Urgam then to Devgaon to Kalpeshwar Temple. Now there is a road up to Devgaon.
It is a nearly 6-hour trek from Helang to Devgaon.
From Devgaon it is around 45-mintue walk to Kalpeshwar Temple. There are two guest houses at Devgaon.
The trek from Helang to Devagaon is steep – Helang is around 4900 ft in altitude and Devgaon is around 8200 ft in altitude.
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