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Significance of Kalpeshwar Temple

Kalpeshwar Temple is located in the state of Uttarakhand in northern India. The proper name of this particular temple is Kalpeshwar Mandir. The architecture and culture of the temple reflects the north Indian temple srchitectural style. The primary deity of this temple is Lord Shiva. According to the local legends, the temple is believed to be built by Pandavas.

It is a Hindu temple that is largely dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is situated at an elevation of 2,200 m (7,217.8 ft) in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand state, in the picturesque Urgam valley in Northern India. It is the fifth temple of the Panch Kedars (five temples) of Shiva’s five anatomical divine forms; the other four temples in the order of their worship are Kedarnath, Rudranath, Tungnath and Madhyamaheshwar temples; all in the Kedar Khand region of the Garhwal Himalayas. These ancient temples are directly linked to the Pandavas, heroes of epic Mahabharata.

It is to be remembered that Kalpeshwar is the only Panch Kedar temple that is always accessible throughout the year. On the way to the temple, there is a small stone temple, a cave passage, the matted tress (jata) of Lord Shiva; these are worshipped by the devotees and pilgrims with lot of dedication and devotion. The Lord at the tree is known locally as Jatadhar or Jateshwar.

The nearest road head of Helong on the Rishikesh-Badrinath road is the place from where the devotees and pilgrims can trek by 12 km (7.5 mi) to this particular temple.

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