Pataleshwar Cave Temple
Located in the heart of the city of Pune in Maharashtra, Pataleshwar is the rock cut cave temples dedicated to the Lord Pataleshwar (God of Underworld). Carved out in the 8th century in the Rashtrakuta period, the temple has been declared as a protected monument by the government.
Pataleshwar cave temple is made of basalt rock. The main attraction of the cave are the shrines of the Lord Shiva and Nandi bull. The sanctum is a cube-shaped room about 3-4 metres on each side houses a linga and there are two smaller cells on each side. In front of the cave is a circular Nandi mandapa, its umbrella shaped canopy supported by massive square pillars. The cave is located at a lower level than the present level of the road and the c...View more
ve complex. There is an exquisitely carved circular Nandi shrine in the huge courtyard of the cave. The main cave is rectangular on plan and has a pillared porch. There are three sanctums in the cave temple and the central one houses the Shivalinga. There is a circumambulation path provided in the cave where one can see the unfinished part of the cave temple.
Timings : 08:30 AM - 05:30 PM (All days of the week)
Tourists are requested to wear the decent clothes while visiting the temple, as the people are still conserve in the area and the place is sacred among the Hindus.
Pune exemplifies an indigenous Marathi culture and ethos, in which education, arts and crafts, and theatres are given due prominence. It is the birthplace of the poet-saint Tukaram (in Dehu) and Jnaneshvara (in Alandi), the author of the well-known commentary 'Jnaneshwari',on the "Bhagavad Gita". It is the home of great freedom fighters like Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Agarkar and Gopal Krishna Gokhale. Jayant Narlikar, the famous contemporary scientist, is from Pune. Pune is the seat of North Indian Classical music. Annually, in the month of December, it hosts a three nightlong cultural program of vocal and instrumental classical music, called "Savai-Gandharva". Pune has been an example for the blending of the culture and heritage with modernisation and its side effects. Pune is the cultural capital of the Maharashtra.
Jangali Maharaj Road, Revenue Colony, Shivajinagar, Pune, Maharashtra 411005
This place is located in the heart of Pune city, one has to reach to Pune first. There are many State run buses available that run between Pune and other major cities in the Maharashtra as well out of the Maharashtra. Once one reaches to Pune, there are many local buses available from the main stations like Swargate or Pune Station etc that take visitors to Jungli Maharaj Road where the Pataleshwar Caves are located or one may also opt for an auto.
How to Reach Pataleshwar from Pune Railway Station: From Pune railway station use Wellesley Road to reach Pataleshwar Caves. Head towards La Meridien Pune - RTO Office Pune - cross the Sangam Briedge - Sancheti Hospital - Engineer College Ground - Pataleshwar Mandir.
How to Reach Pataleshwar from Swargate, Pune: From Swargate travel through Dinkarrav Javalkar Road till Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum. Then drive forward on Bajirao Road. Head towards AB Chowk - Maharshi Annasaheb Patwardhan Chowk - Hanuman Mandir. Cross the briedge from Dr. Hedgewar Chowk. Drive further and take a left turn on JM Road to reach Pataleshwar Caves.
How to Reach Pataleshwar Caves from Mumbai: From Mumbai to Pataleshwar head towards Panvel and take Mumbai Pune Expressway to reach Pune. From Pune use above rout to reach Pataleshwar Temple.
Pune is well connected to the major cities in the Maharashtra as well as out of the Maharashtra by train as well. As soon as one gets down to the Pune Railway Station he or she may catch local buses or autos for the Jungli Maharaj Road i.e towards Pataleshwar Caves.
If one wishes to visit this place by air, then he or she has to fly to Pune. Since Pune is the major city, it is connected to other major cities in the Maharashtra as well as out of the Maharashtra. From Pune airport, one may choose to prefer a local bus for the Jungli Maharaj Road or an auto.
No riturals are performing right now in this temple