Kalpeshwar Mahadev Tour, Uttarakhand Overview

The Fifth Kedar of Uttarakhand

KALPESHWAR MAHADEV (KALPNATH)


Location : Urgam Valley, Joshimath, District - Chamoli, Uttarakhand

Kalpeshwar (Kalpnath) is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva located at an elevation of 2,200 m (7,217.8 ft) in the picturesque Urgam valley in the Garhwal Himalayan region of Uttarakhand state in India. This ancient temple's legend is linked to the Pandavas, heroes of the epic Mahabharata, and is the fifth temple of the Panch Kedar (five temples of Shiva's) five anatomical divine forms, the other four temples in the order of their worship are Kedarnath, Rudranath, Tungnath and Madhamaheshwar temples, all in the Kedar Khand region of the Garhwal Himalayas. Kalpeshwar is the only Panch Kedar temple accessible throughout the year for worship. At this small stone temple, approached through a cave passage, the matted tress (jata) of Lord Shiva is worshipped. Hence, Lord Shiva is also called as Jatadhar or Jateshwar.
The main attraction of the tour is the Kalpeshwar Mahadev Temple. The temple is located in a remote location and can only be reached by a steep trek through beautiful alpine forests. The trek is challenging but offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is believed to be one of the oldest temples in the region. It is said that Lord Shiva manifested himself in the form of a lingam in this temple and the lingam is still worshiped by devotees. The temple complex also has a number of other shrines dedicated to various Hindu deities.

The Mythology behind the Temple
This temple is thought to have been constructed by the Pandavas. This is the place where, after the war of Mahabharata, the victorious Pandavas, suffering from self-aggrandizement of killing their relatives in the war, set out on a journey to see Lord Shiva get rid of this sin. The Pandavas first reached Kashi. Wished for Shiva’s blessings, but Lord Shiva was not inclined to give his darshan to him. Considering the Pandavas guilty of murder, Shiva did not want to give darshan to the Pandavas. The Pandavas turned to Kedar. Seeing the Pandavas coming, Lord Shankar got lost in Guptkashi. After that, after going some distance, Mahadev took the form of a bull out of a desire not to have darshan and went and got along with other animals.
Kunti’s son Bhima, taking a huge form, spread his feet on two mountains, from under which other animals came out, but the bull like Shiva was not ready to go from under his feet. Bhima pounced on the bull, but Shiva’s bull started to meditate in the marshy land. Then Bhima grabbed the bull’s back. The bull-back figure of Lord Shiva is worshiped in Kedarnath in pind form. It is said that when Lord Shiva vanished in the form of a bull, the upper part of his torso appeared in Kathmandu, where the Pashupatinath temple is located. In Tungnath, the arms of Shiva, in Madmaheshwar, the navel, in Rudranath, and in Kalpeshwar, the face and the Jata. Panch Kedar is the name given to these five locations.

ॐ त्र्यम्बकं यजामहे सुगन्धिं पुष्टिवर्धनम् |
उर्वारुकमिव बन्धनान्मृत्योर्मुक्षीय माऽमृतात् ||
हर हर महादेव !!

Kalpeshwar Mahadev: "Where Devotion Meets Divinity"

Kalpeshwar Mahadev is situated on the bank of the Kalpaganga river, Kalpaganga was called by the name Hiranyavati River in ancient times. Dhyan Badri temple (Urgam Village) is on its right area. There is an ancient cave in Kalpeshwar. Within which the self-styled Shivling is seated. Which is dedicated to Lord Shiva and here the hair of Lord Shankar is worshipped. Anadinath Kalpeshwar Mahadev is another name for this temple. There is a Kalwar Kund near this temple, the water of this pool is always clean and travelers take water from here. Devotees get freedom from many diseases by drinking this holy water. Here sages and devotees use this holy water to give water to Lord Shiva. To reach the temple, one has to walk inside the cave, where pilgrims worship the hair of Lord Shiva. Devotees from far and wide come and bow down to this temple of Lord Shiva.

The Best Time for going Kalpeshwar Mahadev Temple

The Kalpeshwar Temple, one of the Panch Kedar shrines, welcomes devotees all year round. However, it is advisable to avoid traveling during the rainy season, as the road conditions may not be safe for travelers. It is best to plan your visit before or after the monsoon season, when the roads leading to the temple are normal and suitable for tourists. Before embarking on your journey, it is recommended to check the current road conditions or seek guidance from your tour guide.


The Journey From Delhi to Kalpeshwar By Road

The Kalpeshwar Mahadev tour from Delhi and Haridwar is an ideal itinerary for those looking to experience the spiritual and natural beauty of the Garhwal region. The tour offers an opportunity to explore ancient temples, participate in yoga and meditation classes, and take in the stunning scenery of the Himalayas.
Earlier it was approachable only by a 12 km (7.5 mi) trek from the nearest road head of Helang on the Rishikesh-Badrinath road but now the road goes up to near the temple, from where the trek now is just 100 meters. This road is good for bikes or cars with good ground clearance as it is a half-paved road that may get damaged during monsoons. A beautiful waterfall also comes on this way which is a beautiful sight of nature.

Accommodation and Meal availability at Kalpeshwar

Kalpeshwar lacks accommodation choices since it isn't as famous as other pilgrimage destinations like Kedarnath and Badrinath. Nonetheless, visitors or devotees who want to visit Kalpeshwar can opt to stay in a homestay located in Urgam village. Urgam Village is situated just one kilometer away from Kalpeshwar temple. In Urgam, there are a few homestays that offer lodging and food at an affordable prices for travelers.


Nearby Places in Urgam Valley to Visit

Beside the Kalpeshwar Temple, there flows a small river known as the Hirnaywati. At Helong, this river merges with the River Alaknanda and together they form a confluence named Tirveni. In Urgam Valley, there are several other historical temples including Kedar dyul, Gora devi dyul temple, Nandi Nagkotha, Vishwakarma Temple, Banga pani, Kalp Vriksha, Indra dhara, Amrit kund, Ghantakarana temple, Nanda devi temple, and Dhyan Badri temple which is one of the Sapt Badri.

Kalpeshwar Mahadev Tour, Uttarakhand Itinerary

  • Day 1- Drive Haridwar to Urgam Village, Joshimath

    Early morning Meet our Travel Partner and drive to Urgam (approx. 180km)
    Check in hotel or Homestay in Urgam Village. Rest over night here. View the Amazing Valley and Beautiful night at Urgam Village.

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  • Day 2- Urgam to Kalpeshwar Temple

    Get Up Early Morning and Ready for Temple. Visit to Kalpeshwar Mahadev Temple (approx. 3 Km)
    Visit the temple and offer prayers. Visit other Temple in Urgam Valley.
    Return to Urgam and have dinner. Overnight stay at Same Place.
    The temple usually opens at 6 AM and closes at 6 PM, and you can receive the divine blessing of morning Aarti at 6 AM and evening Aarti at 6.30 PM.

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  • Day 3- Drive Back Urgam to Haridwar

    Early morning drive back to Haridwar (approx. 180km).
    Check into a hotel in Haridwar and do Rest or depature to delhi.

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People Also Ask About Kalpeshwar Mahadev Tour, Uttarakhand

Q.1 How do I reach Kalpeshwar Mahadev Temple from Delhi?

The best way to reach the temple is by taking a bus or train to Rishikesh, and then taking a taxi or local bus to Urgam village. The temple is located about 5 km from Urgam.

Q.2 How long does it take to reach Kalpeshwar Mahadev Temple from Delhi?

The approximate travel time from Delhi to Rishikesh is 6-7 hours by bus and 5-6 hours by train. From Rishikesh, it takes about 6-7 hours to reach Urgam village and another 30-40 minutes to reach the temple.

Q.3 Can I go for Kalpeshwar Mahadev Tour from Haridwar?

Yes, you can go for Kalpeshwar Mahadev Tour from Haridwar. It takes around 7-8 hours to reach the temple from Haridwar.

Q.4 Is there any trekking involved in reaching Kalpeshwar Mahadev Temple?

Yes, there is a 2 km trek from Urgam village to the temple. The trek is moderate in difficulty and takes about 30 minutes to 1 hour.

Q.5 Are there any accommodation options available near the temple?

There are several guesthouses and dharamshalas in Urgam village where you can stay overnight. You can also opt for camping if you prefer.

Q.6 Is it open for visitors throughout the year?

Yes, the temple is open for visitors throughout the year. However, the trek to the temple may be closed during the monsoon season.

Q.7 Are there any other places to visit nearby?

There are several other temples and ashrams in the area, including the Rudranath Temple and the Narshing Mandir joshimath. You can also visit the nearby hot springs and enjoy rafting and bungee jumping in Rishikesh.
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