Ruch Mahadev (near Kalimath) – Also Known as उत्तर/अर्ध गया

Uttar Gaya Ruch Mahadev near Kalimath in Uttarakhand, India

Ruch Mahadev is at the confluence of two rivers approx. 15 km from Guptkashi and 5 km from Kalimath. We parked Royal Enfield Thunderbird Twinspark motorbike on-road and started walking downhill via the well-made cemented path which might be one km in length. More we reach close to the river Saraswati more the nature around beautiful. Beautiful waterfall and an iron bridge to cross. We at the same time saw the damage that occurred in 2013 because of the flash flood. A tractor trolley and a machine that cleared debris were there within rubbles. A temple structure was partially damaged and a makeshift wooden bridge to cross the Saraswati river to reach Ruch Mahadev. A little upwards walk towards Maa Kotimaheshwari temple.

Nobody was inside the temple nor at Ruch Mahadev. We were only two and the lush green nature around. There are few Rudraksha trees near the temple. We offer prayers and spend some time there. While returning, we had talks with Vinod Rawat – a villager.

He said – before the 2013 flash flood there was a rudraksha tree and a Dhuni nearby Ruch Mahadev but now it is not. He also said – Ruch Mahadev is also known as Ardh Gaya and its importance is as similar as Gaya in Bihar.

Then I remember why it is written on board – Uttar Gaya. Maybe Ruch Mahadev is Gaya of North.

Thank you very much, Vinod. And we towards Gupkashi via Kaviltha > Kalimath having good memories with us.