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Kalpeshwar Mandir, Chopta

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Kalpeshwar Mandir is located at an altitude of 2134 m above sea level in the Urgam Valley. In this temple, the ‘Jata’ or matted hair of the Hindu Lord Shiva is worshipped. This is the fifth in the Panch Kedar pilgrimage and can be visited year-round. This small stone temple can be reached through a cave passage.

A legend has it that the popular sage Arghya used to meditate under the Kalpavriksha tree in the temple. He is also believed to have created a nymph called Urvashi at this spot. The priests of the temple are Namboodiri Brahmins from South India and are said to be the disciples of Adi Guru Shankaracharya.

 

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