A divine Shakti Peetha in the Himalaya, Shree Kalimath Temple is perched on the banks of the Saraswati River in Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand in the Himalayas, The Kalimath is located in the Kedarnath Valley & surrounded by the Kedarnath mountains. This temple is rest on an altitude of 1463 meters above the sea level. Kalimath Temple is one of the major religious tourist attraction of the Rudraprayag district and this temple is considered to be one of the most prominent Siddha or Shakti Peetha of India.
History of the Kalimath Temple
The village Kalimath was originally known as the village ‘Kavaltha’. It is said that the place where the great poet Kalidas came for meditation 14th century and he attained some divine power by pleasing Mother Kali through his meditation. After that written many books, and “Meghdoot” become very famous. The Main temple was unstructured by natural calamity and was restructured by the Jagat Guru Adi Shankaracharya Ji in the 10th century AD.
Kalimath temple is dedicated to the Hindu “Goddess Kali”. The daily ritual of the temple is very disciplined and strict as similar as Kamakhya Devi Temple and Jwalamukhi Temple. The description of the temple is found in the 62 chapters of Kedarkhand under Skandpuran.
The most interesting thing about the Kalimath temple is that there is no idol worship inside, all devotees worship the Kund ( a tank ) which is inside the temple, and, the tank is always covered with the Raktpat Sri Yantra. This Kund is opened only once in the year at the time of the Ashta Navami, on the day of the Sharda Navaratri.
Beliefs of the Kalimath Temple
There is a constant flame is burning inside the temple and there are three rocks, known as Raktashila, Mathangshila and Chandrashila. It is believed that after killing the demons, the goddess Kali disappeared at this place, due to natural calamity temple went unstructured but when Shankaracharya arrived here he restored the Kalimath temple.
The temple divine rock is known as ‘Kalishila‘, where the footprints of Goddess Kali are still present and it is believed that the divine rock “ Kalishila” was used by goddess Durga to slay the demons namely Shumbh, Nishumbh & Raktabeejasur.
Kalishila supposed to be the formation of 64 instruments which were used by Hindu gods and goddess. And, goddess Durga once used the Kalishila rock to quantify her power to kill the demons. Kalimath Temple is one of the most powerful temples of the Uttarakhand, and, It is the only place where Goddess Mata Kali is located along with her sisters Mata Lakshmi and Mother Saraswati.
How To Reach Kalimath Temple
To reach Kalimath temple, from Rishikesh, first of all, you have to travel 150 km up to Rudraprayag and then 42 km from Rudraprayag to Guptkashi. Just before from Guptkashi, there is a signboard of 9 kilometres distance by road in a local Jeep or in a private car to reach the Kalimath temple.
If you come to visit the Kedarnath Temple in the Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand, then you must visit the divine Kalimath temple along with other temples such as Tungnath Temple, Koteshwar Mahadev Temple, Hariyali Devi Temple and Triyuginarayan Temple, Shankar Math to complete your spiritual journey in the Uttarakhand.