At the end of a 2km trek through the apple orchards, terraced fields and thick forests of Ugram valley stands the temple of Kalpeshwar, where the Lord's tresses are worshipped. The temple, like the other Panch Kedars is also believed to have built by Pandavas. The shrine is a favourite destination for meditating sages and wandering ascetics. Legends describe that sage Arghya created Urvashi by performing austerities here. Rishi Durvasa is also believed to have meditated here, under the Kalpavriksha situated near the temple
The Pandavas after the war of Kurukshetra, went in search of Shiva to ask pardon for the sins of fratricide. Shiva, avoided them, took disguise of a bull and went into hiding in Guptakashi. The Pandavas chased him there. Shiva's body in the form of bull materialised at five different spots where the Pandavas built the temple in his honour. Lord's tresses(jata) was materialised at Kalpeshwar and hence he is also known as Jateshwar or JatadharThis ...View more
emple is part of famous Panch Kedar Yatra.
A small trail with crude steps leads to the archway of the temple, colourful with hanging bells. The temple is built with granite stones. The tower built of stone slabs, has a wooden deck with arch openings. A traditional porch was built later for space for temple facilities. The small stone Linga idol is situated inside sanctum. The cave passage has rock carvings on symbolising Lord's tresses.Picture Courtesy: "Kalpehswar" by rolling on - http:/...View more
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Dehradun airport and Rishikesh railway station are well connected to the rest of the country. From Rishikesh, buses ply to Joshimath from where one can get jeeps/taxis to Helang. From Helang one can do a 12km trek to the temple, or take a jeep to Ugram and then trek for 2kms to the Kalpeshwar temple.
Devotees are advised to wear clean and conservative attire.
The people of Ugram village and around the temple of Kalpeshwar are cordial and help the pilgrims and trekkers by providing food/home stays. This being a popular location for meditation has a lot of sages and ascetics.
The priests who are Dasnamis and Gossains, disciples of Adi Shankara, perform rituals like pooja and aarti at the Kalpeshwar Temple.
Flowers, incense are the common offerings at Kalpeshwar.