Kalimath

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Kalimath

Kaviltha
village
Kalimathmaa.jpg
Kalimath is located in Uttarakhand
Kalimath
Kalimath
Location in Uttarakhand, India
Kalimath is located in India
Kalimath
Kalimath
Kalimath (India)
Coordinates: 30°33′50″N 79°05′06″E / 30.563887°N 79.085083°E / 30.563887; 79.085083Coordinates: 30°33′50″N 79°05′06″E / 30.563887°N 79.085083°E / 30.563887; 79.085083
Country India
StateUttarakhand
DistrictRudraprayag
Population
 (2001)
 • Total510
Languages
 • OfficialHindi
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
PIN
246439
Vehicle registrationUK
Nearest cityGuptakashi
Sex ratio1032/1000 / (2001)
Literacy68.86% (2001)
Websiteuk.gov.in

Kalimath (originally known, and still sometimes called Kaviltha) is a village in Rudraprayag District of the Indian state of Uttarakhand. It is regarded as a divine place and shakti peeth.

Geography[edit]

It lies at an altitude of around 6,000 feet (1,800 m) on the Saraswati river in the Himalayas, surrounded by the peaks of Kedarnath. Kalimath is situated close to Ukhimath and Guptakashi.

It is one of the Siddha Peeths of the region and is held in high religious esteem.

Religion[edit]

The temple of Goddess Kali thre is visited by devotees yearound, especially during the Navratras.[1] This holy shrine is one of 108 Shakti Peethas in India as per Srimad Devi Bhagwat.[2] The upper part of Kali is worshipped in Dhari Devi. The remaining part in Kalimath religious tradition is that Kalimath is where Kali killed the demon Raktavija and went under the earth. Kalimath is the only place where the goddess Kali is worshipped along with her sisters Laxmi and Saraswati.

No idol is worshipped in the temple. Instead the Sri Yantra is the object of devotion. On one day each year the goddess is taken out and Puja is performed at midnight, with only the chief priest present.[3] Near the temple are other ancient temples to Laxmi, Saraswati, Gauri Shankar and many antique Shivlings, idols of Nandi and Ganesh, etc.

An eternal holy flame always burns in the temple of Laxmi. Bhairava Mandir is located nearby. Barti Baba is credited for preserving the sanctity of this holy shrine. All the people who met him and the locals say that he had a direct connection with Maa Kali.[4]

The guru and Member of Parliament, Satpal Maharaj, set up a small Dharamshala near the temple where pilgrims can stay. About 2 km east is Kunjethi village, hosting two temples of Mata Manana Devi and Mankameshwar Mahadev. 6 km from Kalimath at the top of a hill a Kalishila and another Kali Temple.

Barkha Giri Baba and Sarawati Mai lived there In a hut for many years.

Notables[edit]

The village is the birthplace of Kalidas, a Sanskrit poet.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 28 March 2013. Retrieved 3 September 2012.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link).
  3. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 23 December 2011. Retrieved 22 March 2012.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Kalimath". wikimapia.org. Retrieved 19 March 2019.