Kaleshwar Mahadev Temple is situated at a distance of 16 km from the city of Pragpur, Kangra on the banks of the River Beas. This temple is situated in the town of Kaleshwar, which is popular for its ancient monuments, fine stone work and ancient mythology.
The temple is also known as Kalesar and the Shiva worshipped here is believed to be the Maha Rudra of Mata Chintpurni. During Maha Shivratri festival as well as in the month of Shravan (Hindu Month) a huge number of devotees throng at this place. The temple is found on the bank of the River Vyas and appears as a perfect meditating spot. A Hindu Cremation Ghat is seen next to this temple.
Kaleshwar Mahadev Temple History:
It is believed that in ancient times, Pandavas visited and stayed at this place during their exile. Kaleshwar Mahadev Temple is mainly famous amongst the tourists for its Shivalingam and a holy pond situated near it. This temple is said to be 400 years old and its construction was started by the Pandavas themselves and continued by King of Katoch dynasty. A fair held here on the occasion of Baisakhi is another major attraction amongst the tourists.
Though this temple is in a small village, however still you will find a simple staying facility, provided by the Mandir Committee, however not to mention that in rush times, they are bound to get over filled. Taxis and buses can be availed at around 7 km from the Kaleshwar temple at a place called Sadba.
According to the belief of the temple care takers and people around, every year at the times of monsoon, the flow of the Vyas River keeps increasing till the time it reaches itself to the Shiva Lingam. After the water reaches the Jalahri of the Shivling, it subsides.