Kalpeshwar

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Overview

One of the best holy shrines to visit in Garhwal Himalayas of Uttarakhand state is the Kalpeshwar Temple of Lord Shiva. Kalpeshwar Temple is at an height of 2134 meters above sea-level in Urgam Valley of Chamoli district. The beautiful rock temple is surrounded with natural beauty, lush green forest and gives a complete view of Nanda Devi, Kedarnath, Neelkant, Panchachullis, Bhandarpooch and the Chaukhamba peaks. All along the way from Helang to Kalpeshwar temple one can see a splendid view of Alaknanda and Kalpganga rivers. The dark rock Shivalingam is reached through a cave passage. It is the fifth temple of the PanchKedars (five temples) of Lord Shiva and the remaining four being Kedarnath, Rudranath, Tunganath and Madhyamaheshwar temples in order, all lying in the KedarKhand region of Himalayas. The speciality of Kalpeshwar Temple is that is it is accessible throughout the year. 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. It is approachable only by 12 km trekking from the nearest road head of Helong on the Rishikesh-Badrinath road.

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