Saptabadri TempleSituated in the scenic Urgam valley in Uttarakhand is a popular Lord Shiva temple called Kalpeshwar. This temple is located in the Garhwal district. According to a popular myth the origins of this temple has direct links to the legend of the Pandavas, the protagonists of the great Hindu epic Mahabharata. In addition, this temple also belongs to a divine group of five Lord Shiva temples called “Panch Kedar”. The other four temples include Kedarnath, Rudranath, Tungnath, and Madhyamaheshwar. Furthermore, it is the only “Panch Kedar” temple that is accessible throughout the year.
a. Best climate to visit Kalpeshwar Temple
The best time to visit this holy village is throughout the year since the climate is pleasant the whole year around.
b. How to reach Kalpeshwar Temple
Kalpeshwar Temple Map
1. By train:
The railway station closest to this sacred site is located in Rishikesh. The Rishikesh Railway Station is well connected to major cities in the country.
2. By road:
To reach this temple via road you would need to reach Helang and then undertake a 12 km trek. The ideal starting points would be New Delhi, Haridwar, Rishikesh, Gurugram, and Dehradun.
- Via New Delhi:
There are three routes from New Delhi to Helang, and they are via NH334 and NH7, via NH534, and via NH7.
- Via Haridwar:
There are three routes from Haridwar to Helang, and they are via NH7, via Karnaprayag-Haridwar Road, and via Karnaprayag-Haridwar Road, and NH7.
- Via Rishikesh:
There are two routes from Rishikesh to Helang, and they are via NH7 and via Karnaprayag-Haridwar Road and NH7.
- Via Gurugram:
There are three routes from Gurugram to Helang, and they are via NH334 and NH7, via NH534, and via NH7.
- Via Dehradun:
There are two routes from Dehradun to Helang, and they are via NH7 and via Karnaprayag-Haridwar Road.
3. By air:
The nearest airport to Haridwar is located in Dehradun at a distance of 272 km. The Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun is well connected to major cities in the country.
c. Religious significance of the Kalpeshwar Temple
According to a popular myth the Pandavas who had just vanquished the Kauravas in the great “Kurukshetra” battle wanted to meet Lord Shiva to seek redemption. However Shiva was extremely angry with the Pandavas for the tactics used by them during the war. As a result Shiva took up the form of Nandi the bull so as to avoid the Pandavas. Unfortunately, though the second Pandava brother Bhima identified Shiva. In response Shiva (as Nandi) disappeared and his body parts reappeared in five different places which includes Kedarnath, Rudranath, Tungnath, Madhymaheswar and Kalpeshwar. It is at the spot where Shiva’s body part reappeared that the Kalpeshwar Temple was eventually built.
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