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Kalpeshwar Temple in Uttarakhand

Kalpeshwar Temple is one of the famous Shiva Temples in Uttarakhand state. 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. It is approachable only by 12 km (7.5 mi) trekking from the nearest road head of Helong on the Rishikesh-Badrinath road.

The hair locks (Jata) of Lord Shiva are worshipped in this small rock temple at the height of 2134 m before the matted, tresses of Shiva enshrined in rock in the sanctum and sanctorum. The sanctum is preceded by a natural cave passage. This temple is located in Urgam valley. This shrine is a delight for the tourists with striking views of valley with terraced fields and lush green forests.

The other Panchkedar Temples are – Kedarnath Temple, Tungnath Temple, Rudranath Temple and Madhmaheshwar Temple.

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