Kalpeshwar - Panch Kedar
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Kalpeshwar - Panch Kedar

June 30, 2009 | Post By: Vinay Dobhal | Editor: Jyoti Painuly




Kalpeshwar, the 5th Pancha Kedar is a small rock temple and a favorite location of meditating sages. This shrine is located in Urgam Valley at an altitude of 2,134 m. above sea level. Here the locks (hair) and head, of Lord Shiva are worshipped as Jatadhar.

Rishi Durvasa is also believed to have meditated here under the wish-fulfilling tree, Kalpavriksha. It is also said that Rishi Durvasa when, along with several disciples visited here. He told Draupadi that he and his disciples are hungry and thus expect some food from her. There was not a grain to cook for them at that time. This made Draupadi puzzled and sad. Scared with Rishi Durvasas anger she started praying Lord Krishna. Happy with her pray Lord Krishna then appeared and solved her problem.


Origin

After the batlle of Kurukshetra, it came into existence when the bull (Lor Shiva) broke into pieces and the Jata or hair of Lord Shiva dropped here.


What the history says

According to the legend, after the battle of Kurukshetra, the Pandavas went to sought the blessings of Lord Shiva to atone their sins. But Lord Shiva, who didn't want to meet them finally eluded. When the Pandavas came to know where Lord Shiva is, the Lord took the form of a bull to hide himself.

But Pandavas were not ready to accept it. One of the Pandava, Bhima tried his best to pick up the bull (Lord Shiva) but failed and the bull scattered into pieces. The pieces sank into the earth but however Bhima managed to retain the hump of the bull (Lord Shiva). Impressed by the determination of Pandavas, Lord Shiva finally blessed them and freed them from their sins. The lord then asked them to worship his hump at Kedarnath . This conical protrusion is worshipped as the idol in the shrine.

The other parts of bull's (Lord Shiva's) body went as Arms (Bahu) at Tungnath , Face (mukh) at Rudranath , Navel (nabhi) at Madmaheshwar and Hair (jata) at Kalpeshwar.


Best time to visit

The temple opens at 7:00 am and aarti is performed in the evening from 6:00 pm to 6:45 pm.


General Information

Elevation2,134 mts
Coordinates30.54965°N, 79.44907°N
LocationUrgam Valley, District Chamoli.
Dedicated ToJata or hair of Lord Shiva.
Built inData not available.


How to reach ?

Jolly Grant Airport Is Nearest Airport For Kalpeshwar. It Is Located Only At A Distance Of 268 Kms From Kalpeshwar.
Rishikesh is the nearest Railway Station For Kalpeshwar. It Is Located Only At A Distance Of 251 Kms From Joshimath.
Transportation Facility Is Only Available Up To Urgam Village. Urgam Village Is Well-Connected Through Road. You Can Easily Avail Taxi From All The Major Destinations Of Uttarakhand.


Kedarnath

Kedarnath

According to the legend, after the battle of Kurukshetra, the Pandavas went to sought the blessings of Lord Shiva to atone their sins. But Lord Shiva, who din't want to meet them finally eluded. When the Pandavas came to know where Lord Shiva is, the Lord took the form of a bull to hide himself. The Pandavas were not ready to accept it.

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Tunganath

Tunganath

Tungnath, the 2nd Panch Kedar is set on the crest of a hill. It is the highest shrine on the inner Himalayan range. 3 kms. uphill from Chopta, Tungnath is reached through a path that wends through alpine meadows and rhododendron thickets. It lies just below the Chandrashila peak. At this temple at 3,886 mts, Shiva's arm is worshipped.

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Rudranath

Rudranath

Rudranath the 3rd Pancha Kedar is situated amid thick forest at a height of 2286 m. This shrine is 23 kms from Gopeshwer. In this natural rock temple the Mukh or face of Lord Shiva is worshipped as Neelkantha Mahadeva. Lord Shiva is worshipped here as Neelkantha.

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Madmaheshwar

Madmaheshwar, the 4th Pancha Kedar. It is located at the base of Chaukhamba peak at an altitude of 3289 mts. above the sea level , 30 kms northeast of Guptakashi.. Shiva is worshipped at Madmaheshwar in the form of navel - shaped lingum. This classic temple architecture belongs to the North-Indian style. From here Kedarnath and Neelkanth peaks are also visible.

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