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The Holy Shrine of Kalimath

The Holy Shrine of Kalimath

Kalimath (originally known as Kaviltha) is regarded as a divine place and is situated close to Ukhimath, and Guptakashi, in Rudrapryag Disrict, Uttarakhand. It is held in high religious esteem. There are 108 Shakti Peethas spread all over India and the holy shrine in Kalimath is one of the Shakti Peeths according to Srimad Devi Bhagwat. Religious tradition is that Kalimath is the place where Goddess Kali killed the demon Raktavija and had gone under the earth.

Thus the upper part of Goddess Kali is worshipped in Dhari Devi (Uttarakhand) and the remaining part is underground in Kalimath.  An eternal holy flame always burns in the temple. A unique feature about the temple in Kalimath is that there is no idol that is worshipped here. Instead, the Sri Yantra, is the object of devotion and is worshipped. There is a holy pole onto which sacred cloth is wrapped. Only on one day each year Goddess Kali is taken out from underground and Puja is performed at midnight, in the presence of only the Chief Priest.

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

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