--> Skip to main content

Mahakali Kalimath Temple in Uttarakhand – Kalimath Mandir

Kalimath is a holy place located near Guptkashi in Uttarakhand and is home to a famous Kalimath Mahakali Temple. The Kalimath Mandir is dedicated to Goddess Kali, the ferocious form of Goddess Kali.  Kalimath Temple is one of the Sidh Peeths and is around 10 km from Guptkashi.

Legend has it that Goddess Kali annihilated the demon Rakthabeeja at the spot where the Kalimath temple is located.

There is no murti of Goddess Kali in the temple. A Shri Yantra is worshipped as the main murti. Worship to a murti of Goddess Kali is made only on the Durga Ashtami day during Navratri (September – October). The puja to murti is performed by the chief priest and no one else is allowed to be present or witness the puja.

The main temple is surrounded by very ancient small temples in stone dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi, Saraswati, Gauri Shankar, Shiva (shivlings), nandi and Ganesha.

Legend has it that illiterate Kalidas became the world renowned poet by the blessing of Goddess Kali Maa. He is believed to have resided at the Hamsa Ashram at Kalimath.