Activities in Kalpeshwar
Pilgrimage: Kalpeshwar temple is one of the five Panch Kedar (shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva). As a result, Kalpeshwar is visited by thousands of devotees and pilgrims visit Kalpeshwar.
Trekking: Kalpeshwar shrine can be reached by completing an easy 11km trek from Helang village which takes one through beautiful valleys, lush green forests poised amidst natural surroundings. There are few trekking excursions one can partake in from Kalpeshwar.
Photography: The vantage of Kalpeshwar offers mesmerizing views of some of the great Himalayan peaks like Chaukhamba, Nanda Devi, Panchachuli, Bandarpoonch and Kedarnath. One the clear weather, one can click pictures of these majestic peaks.
Staying in Kalpeshwar
Kalpeshwar doesn’t have accommodation options available as the temple is not as popular among pilgrims as Kedarnath or Badrinath. Still, the devotees or tourists who wish to go Kalpeshwar can stay at home stay accommodation at nearby villages. There is also a dharamshala in the temple premises where pilgrims could halt for the night. Apart from that, one can also setup tents in the vicinity of the temple.
Mythology of Kalpeshwar
There are several mythological tales related with Kalpeshwar, the first one states that after the bloodshed of Kurukshetra war, the Pandavas went on an anonymous journey to beg forgiveness from Lord Shiva. They searched everywhere but couldn't find the lord. After making several failed attempts, Bhima, one of the Pandava brothers was able to reckon Shiva who had taken the avatar of a bull. When Bhima forcefully tried to hold the bull by its tail and hind legs, it immersed in the ground. Later, its body parts appeared in different places. It is said that the 'Jata' or the locks of Shiva appeared at Kalpeshwar.
While the other Hindu legend tells that sage Durvasa, known for his rage meditated under the Kalpavriksha tree, a wish-fulfilling tree located in the surroundings of the Kalpeshwar temple.