Kalpeshwar mahadev, the temple of kalpeshwar mahadev (lord shiva) is situated in the ‘Urgam valley’ at Chamoli district of Uttarakhand at a distance of 12km (motor off-road) from helang, helang is situated at a distance of 246km from Rishikesh (last railway station). The temple is situated at an elevation of 2,200 MTR (7,217.8ft) above sea level, it is the fifth among “Panch Kedars” the panch Kedars are
Kalpeshwar is the only Panch Kedar temple 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.
The epic legend narrated on the creation of the Panch Kedar temples is that Pandavas of Mahabharata epic history, while chasing Lord Shiva to seek his pardon for the fratricidal sins committed by them during the Kurukshetra war, realized that Shiva, in order to distance himself from the Pandavas, took the incognito form of a bull. But when this form of Shiva was discerned by Bhima, the second of the Pandava brothers, tried to hold on to the bull’s tail and hind legs. But the bull vanished underground at Guptakashi. Subsequently, it reappeared in five different forms: His hump appeared at Kedarnath, his bahu (arm) was spotted at Tungnath, his head surfaced at Rudranath, the stomach and navel were traced at Madhyamaheswar and his jata (tress) was divined at Kalpeshwar.
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