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Pataleshwar Caves

Pune

13.7/5(21 Ratings)

Pataleshwar Caves Overview

Ranked 29 of 410 sightseeing in Pune

Pataleshwar Caves has a long history dating back to the 8th century AD. Situated just across the river on the Jungli Maharaj Road, the cave temple bears resemblance with the rock-cut temples of Ellora. Made out of a single hard rock, the temple has its main deity as Pataleshwar. The rock-cut cave temple was carved out in the 8th century AD, during the Rashtrakuta Period.

Made of basalt rock, the cave temple is believed to have been cut out from a single rock. Presence of a cave in the vicinity of the temple has got it the name 'Pataleshwar Cave Temple'. A linga, the symbol of Shiva, is housed in the sanctum, which is a cube-shaped room about 3 to 4 metres high. On each side of the sanctum, two smaller cells are present.

A circular Nandi Mandapa, with its umbrella shaped canopy supported by square pillars, is located in front of the cave. Due to a fault line found at the back of the sanctum sanctorum, which made additional sculpting unsafe, the temple was left incomplete. Outside the basalt entryway, a brass temple bell hangs. In the principle worship area, sculptures of Sita, Rama, Laxman and a host of other Hindu Gods and Goddesses are located.

Near the temple lies a museum that is enlisted in the Guinness Book of World Records. A grain of rice that has around 5,000 characters inscribed on it is the prominent highlight of the museum. Adjacent to the temple is a temple dedicated to a Hindu ascetic.

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  • Length of visit: 2-3hrsBest Time: During Day
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Er. rahul

Er. rahul3.6/5

184 reviews

Pataleshwar

Pataleshwar has been declared as a protected monument by the government. This 8thcentury rock-cut temple built during the Rashtrakuta dynasty is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Theres infatuated within the inner sanctum flanked by two smaller cells on either side. In front of the cave is theNandi Mandapawhich is the most peculiar feature of the architecture at Pataleshwar. The temple is still in use and theLingais anointed with ghee and yogurt.

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Ketan Mehta

Ketan Mehta3.6/5

32 reviews

Visit once, not much of an interest point

Personally I did not find Pataleshwar Caves that much interesting as it's almost in broken condition. Anything here is not maintained properly and you will not find much crowd inside.

Vibhor Dube

Vibhor Dube4.3/5

8 reviews

Must visit place

Superb place in the very start of the chaotic, loud and busy JM Road. Peaceful and divine, you will surely regret of not coming to this place earlier if you are a frequent visitor of JM Road.Caves are the example of ancient architecture. The big Banyan tree on the entrance of the compound makes sure that you get a cool and soothing breeze even in a hot and sunny summer.

Jagdish Raval

Jagdish Raval3.6/5

415 reviews

The temple is just near Jangali Maharaj Temple

Visited Pataleshwar Cave Temple, dedicated to Lord Pataleshwar ( Lord Shiva), the God of the Underworld. The temple serves as the heritage centre of Pune. The appealing part of temple is its magnificent architecture carved out of single rock. The exotic temple architecture houses gigantic pillars, small rooms for visitors and the sculptures of Lord Pataleshwar, Sita, Rama, Laxman and other Hindu deities. The temple is just near Jangali Maharaj Temple. Do visit when you are in Pune.

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  • The temple is just near Jangali Maharaj Temple
  • The temple is just near Jangali Maharaj Temple

Parag Joshi

Parag Joshi2.9/5

67 reviews

Good place to visit in half an hour

Its located at the centre of Pune near Jangali Maharaj Math. Caves are good, maybe they are some 1000 years old. Little sculpture is there. Perfect location for you if you have little time with you.

Anuradha Mahato

Anuradha Mahato5.0/5

7 reviews

Hidden gem in the middle of a concrete jungle

Hidden gem in the middle of a concrete jungle! Very easy to miss on JM road but can find with concentration. It's like an oasis of peace with a short flight of steps leading to the inner sanctum area. You can find a lot of folks in need of peace and quiet sitting in the temple and praying or meditating silently. Considering how old it is, it is in fantastic condition and is super clean! My folks loved it!

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Sandeep Roshni

Sandeep Roshni3.6/5

9 reviews

Temple is famous for its massive pillars and large rock cut statues

The Pataleshwar caves is located on the busy Jangali Maharaj city road in Pune. This 8th Century cave temple is dedicated to Lord Pataleshwar, God of the underworld. Cut from a single rock, the temple is famous for its massive pillars and large rock cut statues of Nandi, Rama, Sita, Lakshmana and a huge Shivalinga. Visit before 08:30 in the morning or else finding a parking spot will be no less than a herculean task. Also don't miss the Jangali Maharaj Temple next to Pathaleshwar temple.

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Kartik Lakhotia

Kartik Lakhotia5.0/5

23 reviews

Superb and must for people into heritage

Brilliant place, peaceful, cool, natural and well-preserved. Not much crowded. What is surprising is that these caves have somehow developed in the middle of the city. A must visit heritage site if you are travelling to Pune.

Kartik Lakhotia

Kartik Lakhotia3.6/5

23 reviews

Superb place for short visit

Brilliant place, peaceful, cool, natural and well-preserved. Not much crowded. What is surprising is that these caves have somehow developed in the middle of the city. A must visit heritage site if you are travelling to Pune.

Sandeep Sharma

Sandeep Sharma3.6/5

31 reviews

Impressive

These caves and temples are developed on the tune of Ellora and Ajanta caves, though there are very caves in there but this is good place to have the FEEL of Ellora, Ajanta caves.

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