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“Pataleshwar Cave Temple”

Pataleshwar Cave Temple
Ranked #22 of 302 things to do in Pune
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Reviewed July 26, 2014

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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Reviewed July 25, 2014 via mobile

Pataleshwar is a good escape from the busy life of Pune.The compound has a thick green cover housing the cave temple. I went there with a friend one evening while we were out for a stroll. A world heritage site, the place has been maintained well. There is not much to explore but one visit is a must.
Tip: mind your head in the caves.

1  Thank SaaKu
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Reviewed July 22, 2014 via mobile

Pataleshwar Cave Temple is situated adjacent to the famous Jangali Maharaj Temple in the heart of Pune. It is an 8th Century wonder sculpted and cut out from a rock! The temple is dedicated to the powerful Hindu God Lord Shiva but what catches your attention first is the attractive Nandi Mandapam at the entrance of the temple. This is a unique umbrella shaped rock structure resting on broad stone pillars under which is seated Nandi (the holy bull of Lord Shiva).
The main temple has the Shiva linga worshipped by the devotees. The main temple hall is illuminated by electric lights and has broad square pillars cut out of the rock. There are a few unfinished stone carvings and other works around the temple complex. It is a protected monument by the Government. While one may not find it so picturesque as compared to some of the other ancient caves in India but just standing inside the rock complex and imagining what the scene and activity must be going on at this place in the ancient times of 8 - 9th century and how the people must have done all the rock cutting, carving and sculpting then is just mind boggling! Amazing inspiring work!

1  Thank Dhairyashil V
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Reviewed May 26, 2014

Looks good on pictures, but quite ordinary in real life. Anyway there are not many things to see in Pune, so make a short visit. 15 mins is enough.

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Reviewed May 17, 2014

If your benchmark is the world heritage sites at Ellora or Ajanta caves, or even Elephanta Island off Mumbai, then you will be disappointed by this place. If, however, you haven't yet been fortunate enough to visit these places then Pataleshwar is an interesting example of cave temples. Worth a short visit.

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