Last Visited : July 2014
How to Reach: We reached by two wheeler. It took a 25 min ride from Kothrud Depot @ 8.4 Km.
Site Review : Pataleshwar Caves ( Patal means underground & Eswar means God ) on Jungli Maharaj Road are 8th century cave temples dedicated to Lord Pataleshwar, God of the Underworld (also called Panchaleshvara or Bamburde). Believed to have been cut out from a single rock, the place has massive pillars, which are the grandeur of the temple caves. The shrine out there is dedicated to Shiva and the Nandi.
Historical Information: A heritage site & it bears resemblance with the massive rock-cut temples of Ellora. The Pataleshwar cave temple at Pune has an exotic arrangement of circular stone at the entrance. The entrance is a sight worth seeing, as it highlights acute sense of geometry of these architects. The temple also has a wide array of seating arrangement, including smaller rooms for the visitors.
The sculpture of the Pataleshwar cave temple in Pune, which, although mesmerizing, is incomplete. Although we find an elaborate design in the main worship area, other parts of the rock temple is devoid of much beautification. The sculpture in the principle worship area include beautiful statues of Sita, Rama, Laxman and a host of other Hindu Gods and Goddesses located in the cube-shaped room at the heart of the temple.
Additional Observation: I was too surprised to know that it was a Protected Monument.
Localities & Food : Open daily from 08.00 to 17.30, this is located in the middle of the busy thoroughfare of Jangli Maharaj Road.
Hotels : NA
Contact Details: Jangali Maharaj Road, Shivaji Nagar, Pune, Maharashtra, 411005, India (Contact No. +91-22-22044040)
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