Kalpeshwar - The Panch Kedars


Kalpeshwar - The Panch Kedars

Kalpeshwar, Having Hair (jata)

30 June / 4:56 PM

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 Madhyamaheshwar 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

Latitude(data not available)
Longitude (data not available)
Altitude2134 mts above the sea level
LocationUrgam Valley, District Chamoli
Dedicated ToJata or hair of Lord Shiva
Built In(data not available)

How to reach

Nearest Airport is Jolly Grant, 272 kms.
Nearest Railway station is Rishikesh, 155 kms.
The temple can be reached after a trek of 10 kms from Rudranath to Helong which is the motor head on Rishikesh-Badrinath route.

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