Shri Kalpeshwar Mahadev Temple is one of the Panch Kedar and the last of Panch-Kedars and is
accessible throughout the year. Kalpeshwar Temple is located in Urgam valley in the
Garhwal region of Uttarakhand. Kalpeshwar temple is located at a height of 7200 ft
approx. Prabhu Shiva is worshipped in the form of matted hairs at Kalpeshwar and the
trail to this sacred shine goes through thick forests and lush green terrace fields. There
is also an old Kalpvriksha tree here which is said to be the wish-granting tree in Hindu
Legend and History
Going by epic, the temple was built by Pandavas. Full of remorse, after realizing the
truth of killing their own kinsmen in the Kurukshetra war, Pandavas decided to atone for
their sins, handed over their kingdom to their kind, and began their search for Prabhu
Shiva to seek his blessings. The search began from Varanasi, Kashi Vishwanath temple,
Shiva’s favorite residing place. But, deeply disdained by the dishonesty and brutality in
the war, Shiva wanted to avoid them and hence, disguised as a bull and hid in the
Garhwal region. Pandavas then went to the Garhwal hills in search of him. While looking
between the mountains, Bhima saw a bull (Nandi) and recognized him for Bhagwan
Shiva. On being seen, Shiva dove underground but Bhima could catch the hump.
Bheem tried to pull them back by the tail of Nandi Ji, which led to forming of Kedarnath and
other Panch Kedar.
Different parts of the Prabhu came up at different parts-hump at Kedarnath, arms at
Tungnath, navel at Madhya-Maheshwar, face at Rudranath, and hair emerged at
Kalpeshwar. Taken together, these five sites are known as Panch-Kedar. Pandavas got
temples made at each of the 5 places.
As it is stated above Kalpeshwar Mahadev temple, where Prabhu Hairs emerged. Here
Prabhu Shiva is also called Jatadhar or Jateshwar. Kalpeshwar houses the famous
Kalpavriksha tree here which is said to be the wish-granting tree in Hindu Epics.