Pataleshwar Cave Temple- A Place to See in Pune

The Pataleshwar Cave Temple in Pune is dedicated to Lord Shiva and the God of Underwater- Lord Pataleshwar. The main shrine is inside the cave and has a Shivling. The constructed stones dates back to 8th century. It is believed that it has been cut out from a single basalt rock. This place has massive pillars which are magnificent to the temple caves.

The Jangli Maharaj Temple is located next to this temple. These temples are acknowledged to be a part of protected masterpiece section. The temple has carvings of ornate on the black rocks present within it. The museum which is enlisted in the Guinness Book of World Records, displays a grain of rice which has 5000 characters engraved on it.

The main attraction of the temple is the shrine for Lord Shiva, a Nandi bull and the massive pillars. The temple’s cave construction was left incomplete because a fault line was detected at the back of the sanctum but the actual plan was to shape something similar to the Elephanta caves in Mumbai. After entering the temple one can witness a huge banyan tree which serves cool despite the disturbance on the road out side.

Many devotees visit the place, offer their offerings. On special occasions the temple has thousands of devotees visiting.

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