The Panch Kedar – Kalpeshwar Mahadev Temple
KALPESHWAR is the fifth and last of the Panch Kedars. It is at an altitude of 2200 meters (7217 feet) above sea level. It is the only one of the Panch Kedar that is accessible throughout the year.
The Pandavas wanted to atone for sins committed during the Mahabharata war. Rishi Vyas advised Pandavas to seek forgiveness from Mahadev. Mahadev was hiding in the form of a bull as Pandavas displeased him. When the Pandavas found and tried to catch him, the bull disintegrated into five parts. Which fell in various places. The Pandavas later prayed to Mahadev and built temples in those five places.
Mahadev’s Jata (hair) fell in Kalpeshwar Thus the temple’s known as Jatadhari or Jateshwar. This is a small temple that is approached through a cave. The Kalpganga river flows nearby. There is a Kalpavriksha tree here. Devotees believe this tree grants their wishes.
The trek to Kalpeshwar is the easiest of the Panch Kedar treks. From Helang, which is on the Badrinath road, one can avail of taxis or jeeps to Urgam. From Urgam it is an easy 1 km walk. As with all the other Panch Kedars, this too is amidst pleasant surroundings. On the way from Helang, one can catch sight of Dhyan Badri temple in the distance.