temple is one of the most sacred temple situated in Ukhimath block of Rudraprayag discrict in Uttarakhand. This place has its own cultural and traditional importance. it is the only siddh peeth (सिद्धपीठ )
in kedarnath valley, situated in an altitude of 6000 ft in the bank of holy Saraswati river
. Kalimath temple is dedicated to Goddess Kali Mata
. it is the legend about the temple that goddess Kali killed Raktbeej (
here and goes underground in kalimath and that point becomes a ditch after that it is covered by the silver plate permanently and never opened except the day of Navratri festival. hence Inside the temple, it is interesting to know about that there is no statue of goddess Kali. Only that silver plate worshiped in dedication of Goddess Kali.
- Some local people also believed second history of kalimath temple that when mata sati sacrifice her body in veneration of Daksha Prajapati. Lord Shiva very angry on that action of King Prajapati.
Shiva began start tandava with holing brunt body of mata sati and wherever the piece of brunt body of sati dropped in earth that places in known as Siddhapeeth in later. this story is also the answer of the question that "why kalimath temple called as Sidhapeeth ? "
- kalimath is the supposed to be the most powerful divine place in kedar valley. although the temple is less popular visited due to low awareness about this place. this place is also popular for meditation because of peaceful area. a fair festival is also celebrated on the occasion of Navratra
in kalimath temple. Navratra
is a another holy festival of india. it a nine day long festival in which most of women keep fast in dedication of Goddess NavDurga. in the 8Th day of Navratra called Astami (अस्ठ्मी) in Hindu calendar and dedicated to goddess Kal-Ratri
(कालरात्रि). so this day is celebrate in a mid night as a Kal Ratri Festival
or kalimath fair
here. the festival is also impotent because that day the silver plate where kali mata is supposed to be present
is opened by temple priest and it is strongly believed that if one see the darshan (view) of Maa Kali
that day his/her wish will be fulfilled by Kalimath Mata
.this day the pooja performed outside the temple by the temple priest.
Traditional Importance - it is strongly believed in kedarnath valley that if one purchased any vehicle (either two or four wheeler), it is necessary to be worshiped vehicle in kalimath. after worship, the owner of vehicle put a photo of kalimath temple in the vehicle or bind a string with name of Goddess Kali Mata .
places near to Kalimath temple
- Goddess Laxmi Mata temple is also situated near Kalimath temple complex (15 foot distance from temple) where wooded fire is continue burning since three Hindu era period (३ युगों से ). A Great Conventional Sanskrit language writer Kaalidaas also has done meditation at that place.
Kalishila - Vrati Baba (saint), a great worshiper of goddess kali mata also had done meditation worship of Maa Kaali at Kaalishila place, situated 4 km away foot trek from Kalimath temple. after later year vrati baba(saint) had take burial (समाधी ) at Kalishila in Kalishila rock. people also worshiped here after Kalimath temple.
How To Reach Kalimath Temple
The temple is accessible all 12 month of the year.
Distance form new Delhi to kalimath is around 430 km. you can reach here by followed road distance.
Delhi to haridwar- 220 km (Haridwar Road)
Haridwar to Rishiksh- 25km
Rishikesh to Rudraprayg 139 km (Badrinath Road)
Rudraprayag to Guptakashi or kalimath - 50 km (kedarnath Road)